Dogtongue Wild Buckwheat
Common Name: Dogtongue Wild Buckwheat
Latin Name: Eriogonum tomentosum
Habit: A perennial wildflower that grows to a height of about 3 feet.
Leaves: The leaves on the stems are sessile, oval in shape, and in whorls of 3 – 4. The basal leaves are spatulate with reddish colored midribs with white or tan hairs.
Flowers: Pale pink to white flowers appear in the spring, summer and fall.
Habitat: Dry pine stands and sandhills.
Landscape: In the home landscape it grows in part shade, or high shifting sun, with average to dry soils.
Range: Wild buckwheat is native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
It grows in zones 7a to 10b.
Wildlife use: Bees and butterflies use the flowers as a nectar source. Songbirds eat the seeds.