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Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Little Rascal'

Little Rascal Buckwheat

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‘Little Rascal’ is an Arizona native that was selected by Civano Nursery for its compact growth habit, long flowering season, beautiful silvery foliage, and superior heat tolerance. It also endures temperatures as low as -20°F, so ‘Little Rascal’ does great in colder climates, too. Because it needs very little maintenance throughout the year, this drought tolerant perennial is a wonderful choice for commercial or streetscape settings. It grows in any soil with good drainage, and its branching root system does a great job of controlling erosion on slopes. Best of all, few plants equal buckwheat‘s value to wildlife. The flowers attract butterflies, native bees and many other beneficial insects. The flower seed is eaten by small birds.

Benefits

  • Outstanding plant for attracting beneficial wildlife
  • Buckwheat is a very important butterfly plant
  • It attracts native bees and is a good source of nectar
  • Dried seeds provide abundant food for birds
  • Dense structure provides cover for lizards and other wildlife
  • Easy to grow and very low maintenance

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prune to shape in early spring, shear flower stalks after blooming ends in fall to keep tidy appearance. 


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Found on dry, rocky slopes and canyons.

Native Trivia

‘Little Rascal’ flowers attract all kinds of butterflies, while birds and other native critters find many uses for its seeds, dried flowers, and foliage. 

Patent Number: PPAF

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Amphibians
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Desert
Foliage Color
Green
Silver
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Fragrant
Mass plant
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Arizona
California
Nevada
Utah