Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat

Huge, flat-topped flower clusters create a dome of bright yellow color over the large attractive gray-green leaves of 'Little Rascal' Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii). Blooming throughout the summer and into fall, it is highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. This low-care buckwheat is more moisture tolerant than most and can be grown across much of the US when planted in full sun and well drained soils.
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Native
Evergreen
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Height16" tall
Mature Spread16" wide
Bloom Timemid summer to early fall
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017765

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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(16" tall x 16" wide)'Little Rascal' Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii) is a stunning addition to the xeric landscape with its dome of bright yellow flower clusters that cover the compact growing plant throughout the summer months. Flowers age to a bronze-orange color. Eriogonum allenii is a rare native species from the mountain of Virginia and West Virginia, also known as Shale Barrens Buckwheat; the breeders from Jelitto Seed in Germany have created a superb cultivar. It can be grown across most of the US because it is more moisture tolerant than western species. Suitable for dry slopes, shallow soils, rock gardens, xeriscape, roof gardens, dry flower beds, and large containers. Recommended companion plants include Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition' (Blue Grama Grass), Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) and Amorpha canescens (Leadplant).
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SKUHC017765
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat
Botanical Name
Eriogonum allenii Little Rascal
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Yellow
Mature Height
16" tall
Mature Spread
16" wide
Bloom Time
mid summer to early fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Native, Evergreen, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Winter Interest
Ideal Region
Northeast, West, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Growing Eriogonum (Buckwheat)
Eriogonum (Buckwheat) is a large genus of mostly Western North American wildflowers that are often shrub-like with woody stems. They are very important plants for habitat creation in our gardens.
Preferred growing conditions:

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Plant in "lean" sandy, gravelly or garden loam soils. Avoid clay. Place in full sun.
  • Mulching is beneficial in the arid Western US using crushed gravel, pine needles or other coarse, non-water absorbent mulch material.
  • Irrigate regularly during their first growing season to establish the plants. Infrequent, deep watering is fine from the second growing season and beyond. They won't need much, if any extra water in the Eastern US.
  • Fertilize lightly in fall with Yum Yum Mix/compost blend.

Special comments:

  • Don't deadhead. Many species have very showy seed heads that are lost when plants are deadheaded. Seeds are also utilized by many insects and animals for food.
  • Most species are actually shrub-like and should not be cut back or divided. A light top shear in early to mid-spring to remove the previous year's flowers stems is all that is needed

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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