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Common Name: Seaside Buckwheat
Eriogonum latifolium is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
South-western N. America - California and Oregon.
Sandy coastal flats, slopes, bluffs, and mesas, coastal scrub and grassland communities, from sea level to 80 metres, occasionally to 200 metres[
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[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
Established plants resent root disturbance[
Young stems - raw[
]. Eaten by children in early summer[
A decoction of the root, stalk and leaves has been used in the treatment of headaches, stomach aches, coughs and colds[
A decoction of the roots has been used as a wash for sore eyes[
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[