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Coast Buckwheat Changing Color

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Hiking along the dunes near our home, we took a second look at the Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium).  Last time I remember seeing these guys, they were just about to flower.

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Above, the Coast Buckwheat is poking out of the Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis [invasive]) and Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis).  Their puffy florets really pop.  Cactus Blog has a great shot of these composite flowers just starting to open.

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

The flower clusters turn from a creamy white to a pink…then finally to a rusty orange.  You can see above that the flowers are just starting to turn a pinkish hue.  Hey, does anybody know if this is common in the POLYGONACEAE, aka…the Buckwheat Family?

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Coast buckwheat - Eriogonum latifolium

Some other common names for this California native include Coast Eriogonum, Wild Buckwheat, and Seaside Buckwheat.  I wanna give a shout out to Sharon K. for IDing this wildflower for us back in June.

–Far Out Flora

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