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Common Name: Slender Buckwheat
Eriogonum microthecum is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
South-western N. America - Nebraska to Washington, south to New Mexico and California.
Sandy deserts to lower montane slopes, especially with sagebrush[
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[
A very variable plant, it has been divided into a number of varieties[
Established plants resent root disturbance[
A tea is made from the plant[
A decoction of the roots or tops has been used in the treatment of coughs caused by TB[
A decoction of the stems and leaves has been used to treat bladder problems[
]. It has also been used externally in hot compresses or as a wash for lameness and rheumatism[
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[