Eriogonums are very common and tough native plants in Wyoming with flower colors ranging from white to pinkish to yellow. The commonly available cultivar of E. umbellatum, ‘Kannah Creek’, creates a nice, somewhat glossy groundcover and blooms most of the summer. Flowers age from a chartreuse yellow to a burnt-orange color, which works well with similarly colored sandstone pavers, and the leaves turn a nice red in the late summer. More than 20 species of Eriogonum grace the Wyoming landscape; many are worth growing in the garden and can be started from seed.
Height: 4-5” (leaves); flowers up to 12” tall
Water needs: low
Exposure: full sun
Availability in nurseries: common
Native range: MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NV, and OR
Plant family: Polygonaceae