flat-top buckwheat Polygonaceae Eriogonum fasciculatum
Leaf:Alternate, but densely clustered at nodes, evergreen, narrow lanceolate (nearly needles like), 1/2 inch long, strongly rolled edges, dark green above, paler finely fuzzy white beneath.
Flower:Dense, terminal, rounded clusters of small white (pinkish) flowers on a long stem, each cluster several inches across, appearing throughout growing season.
Fruit:Brown achene, not showy.
Twig:Slender reddish brown, finely peeling, numerous short shoots packed with leaves.
Bark:Light gray, splitting and becoming finely shreddy.
Form:Small, open, multi-stemmed shrub up to 3 feet tall.