Barestem buckwheat is one of the more slender wild buckwheats found in our region, generally growing no more than 3′ tall. Small, rounded, basal rosette leaves give rise to a “bare” or “naked” stem (hence the additional common name: naked buckwheat), topped by flower clusters that can be either creamy white , pink, or yellow, depending on location and elevation. The white flower varieties tend to be more common at higher elevations in the Klamath-Siskiyou region, while the yellow are more common at lower elevations, however, the two sometimes grow side by side. Barestem buckwheat has one of the most diverse distributions of all the wild buckwheats, inhabiting a wide range of habitat types. The flowers are prized by numerous native pollinators, including native bees, pollinating flies, beetles, butterflies and wasps. Wild buckwheats, in general are used by many species of butterfly as larval host plants. Perfect for a sunny, dry location or rock garden.
Seed Germination Instructions
60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.