coastal buckwheat Polygonaceae Eriogonum cinereum Benth. Listen to the Latin symbol: ERCI5 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, ovate to elliptical, to 1 inch long, margins wavy, woolly white above and below.
Flower: Dense, terminal, rounded clusters of small light pink flowers on a long stem, appearing late summer through December.
Fruit: Brown achene, not showy.
Twig: Slender reddish brown, finely peeling.
Bark: Light gray, splitting and becoming finely shreddy.
Form: Small, open, multi-stemmed shrub up to 5 feet tall.

Looks like: flat-top buckwheat
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Additional Range Information:
Eriogonum cinereum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting coastal buckwheat.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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