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Common Name: Red Wild Buckwheat
Eriogonum atrorubens is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Southern N. America - New Mexico to Mexico.
Sandy to loamy flats and slopes, mixed grassland communities, oak and montane conifer woodlands at elevations of 1800 - 2000 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a loose lean gritty well-drained soil in a very sunny position[
]. Succeeds in dry soils. Tolerates exposed positions[
]. Requires some protection from winter wet[
Established plants resent root disturbance[
Root - chewed[
The root is used medicinally in Mexico as a treatment for toothache[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a sandy compost in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse[
]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in early spring[
]. This has to be done with care because the plant resents root disturbance[
]. Try to obtain divisions from around the edges of the plants without digging up the whole clump. Tease the divisions out with as much root on them as possible and pot them up. Grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse until they are rooting well and plant them out in the summer.
Cuttings of greenwood with a heel in the summer[