Eriogonum umbellatum Poncha Pass Red
Poncha Pass Red Sulfur Buckwheat - 2014 Plant of the Year
Details4-6" tall x 12-15" wide. This incredible native wildflower has been a work in progress for chief horticulturist David Salman for many years. “I first found the original colony at the summit of Poncha Pass near Salida, Colorado on a drive from Denver back to Santa Fe. Here, growing on the roadside, was a huge group of plants with deep red colored seed heads. Thrilled by the display and pleased to find ripe seed, I gathered a paper lunch bag full. By the next spring, I had plants growing in several of my stock beds to test this new find and gather seed for future crops,” explained Salman.
Eriogonum umbellatum ‘Poncha Pass Red’ (Poncha Pass Red Sulfur Buckwheat) didn’t disappoint, as it has turned out to be a very durable, long-lived miniature shrub that blooms reliably every year. The bright yellow flower clusters in late spring ripen to dark red seed heads by late summer. And the native bees are thrilled to have such a wonderful nectar source. Exclusive.
|Common Name||Poncha Pass Red Sulfur Buckwheat - 2014 Plant of the Year|
|Botanical Name||Eriogonum umbellatum Poncha Pass Red|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||4-6" tall|
|Mature Spread||12-15" wide|
|Bloom Time||Mid to late spring|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Evergreen|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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