The buckwheat family is a beautiful group of California Native all-star plants. It is one of the largest genera in California with over 125 species, and in the garden, few plants can equal buckwheats for sheer habitat value. They are host and nectar plants for butterflies and moths, and are a bonanza for bees and other pollinators looking for summer nectar. As if the wildlife value isn’t enough, buckwheats are highly ornamental plants that are very useful and versatile in the garden. Learn about some of the most popular species, and hear how to plant, prune, and care for them.
Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.