Red Buckwheat

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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Red buckwheat (Eriogonum grande rubescens) is a California native, a rare perennial herb that originates in the Channel Islands off the coast, where it typically grows with chaparral and coastal sage scrub. I photographed these flowers at Madrona Marsh Preserve (Torrance, California), the last remaining vernal marsh in Los Angeles County.

Red buckwheat is a low-growing shrub with gray-green oval leaves on prostrate branches, about one foot high and three feet wide. The red to pink flowers bloom from June to October and are very attractive to butterflies. Various Native American tribes used parts of the plant in a variety of ways, including as a cathartic, an eyewash, and to ease pain associated with rheumatic joints, menstruation, childbirth and other conditions. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 400, overcast, handheld; no crop & minimal processing)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (July 2014)
Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (November 2013)

Top 10 in “Pink Wildflowers of North America” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (November 2015)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “We’re in the Pink" challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (July 2014)
Top 10 in “Pink, Pink, Pink” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (July 2014)
Top 10 in “Wildflower Avatar” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (December 2013)

Featured in Featured for a Challenge – 10 Features (15 February 2014)
Featured in Bicolor Beauties (15 February 2014)
Featured in Pretty in Pink (15 December 2013)
Featured in Plants at Risk (3 December 2013)
Featured in Wildflowers of North America (30 November 2013)
Featured in Closeups in Nature (28 November 2013)
Featured in In the Pink (24 November 2013)
Featured in International Women’s Photography (23 November 2013)
Featured in Wildflowers of the World (23 November 2013)
Featured in Artistic Flowers (22 November 2013)
Featured in You Got it, We Want it (19 November 2013)
Featured in Fabulous Women Photographers (19 November 2013)

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