The best buckwheat - Eriogonum ovalifolium

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Panayoti wrote: "I think you might be surprised how moisture tolerant many eriogonums are:"

Yes; I have E. ovalifolium planted at the north side of a large rockery. This was an extra piece; not intended to live; plunked in a thin layer of limestone chips over my native sandy soil. In early spring 2011 it sat in extremely wet (but cold) conditions for a very long time; essentially at the edge of a small, unwanted, puddle. It hasn't grown much but some that I have planted in "more acceptable" conditions have suffered; even melted in summer "mugs". The genus is generally shy blooming here but some of them make interesting and wide spreading ground cover. I may post a bunch in the Eriogonums 2012 thread simply because they are not grown, or well known here in the east. They are obvious choices closer to their native range. Try them, certainly, wherever you are!

Michael Peden
Lake Champlain Valley, zone 4b
Four and a half months frost free
Snow cover not guaranteed

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I have now seedlings of several different buckwheat species and are looking forward to plant them out!

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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:) :) :)
Thank you for the information in this thread.
From these posts I think Alpine forms of buckwheat might grow here.
We are very dry. 
I have grown the ordinary breakfast cereal type of buckwheat as a ground cover/green manure.
I also have grown what is called  ornamental buckwheat---polygonum orientale-----also called "Kiss-Me-Over-the Garden-Gate"
This latter is difficult to germinate as it requires freezing.
The article cited above makes me think that I do not chill it for long enough.
Now I will be watching for Eriogonum varieties in the NARGS Seed Exchange lists.

Lori S.
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Hi, Carolyn,
Great to see you here!  Yes, alpine eriogonums will definitely grow here in the right conditions.  If you get a chance next year during the CRAGS garden tours to see Stephanie's garden, you can see an astounding variety of them growing happily, including not only the species that are native in the mountains near here, but so many of the wonderfully choice ones from the more southerly mountains.  They are definitely worth a try!   :)

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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They are on my long list of plants to try!

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Good to know!  Thanks Lori.

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i grow several different forms of this Eriogonum  it seems quite variable in my region. I usually deadhead this plant so it does not pop up all over the yard. This picture is of one i have had for some years, i have to cut it back fairly regularly to keep if from overwhelming its area of the garden. 

Jim Hatchett, Eagle Idaho USA  Zone 5? 11" average annual precipitation


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