Page author: David Giblin
Eriogonum elatum
rush buckwheat, tall buckwheat
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: East of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California, less commonly east to Idaho.

Habitat: Open sagebrush desert in the foothills to rather high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Sturdy perennial from a thick taproot with wiry, glabrous and glaucous flowering stems 3-8 dm. tall.


Basal, ovate, 7-15 cm. long, truncate at base, slightly hairy by green on both surfaces, with petioles about as long as the blade.


Inflorescence large, open, loosely cymose, the cup-shaped involucre about 3 mm. long and few-flowered; the tepals 3 mm. long, white to cream but pinkish in the bud, without a stipe at the base, pubescent on the lower half.

Identification Notes:

Separate from Eriogonum nudum by the leaves and flower clusters. E. nudum has more-or-less oblong leaves that are white-woolly underneath on petioles at least twice as long as the blade; the flowers are usually in tight, globose clusters.

Accepted Name:
Eriogonum elatum Douglas ex Benth.
Publication: Trans. Linn. Soc. London. 17: 413. 1836. 1836.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. elatum – rush buckwheat, tall buckwheat    East of the Cascades, Okanogan County, Washington, to California, less commonly east to Idaho
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eriogonum elatum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Eriogonum elatum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Eriogonum elatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Eriogonum elatum photos.

USDA Plants: Eriogonum elatum information.

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