Polygonaceae
Eriogonum compositum

Heartleaf Buckwheat

Clump of large basal leaves, large flat flower head. Leaves to 10 in. long, heart-shaped, on petioles longer than leaves, green above, with dense, white, fuzzy hairs underneath. Flower heads cream or yellow on sturdy 8–20 in. stems, leaf-like bract at joint of stem and flower stalks. Grows in sandy loam, gravelly soils, talus, on cliffs and open rocky slopes, at low to high elevations. Size of leaves and inflorescence can vary greatly with local conditions.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--30 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Dry Rocky Sites
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: Yes