Stems: depressed and shrubby below, much branched. Leaves: oblong, white tomentose below, green and glabrous above; peduncles six to fifteen inches high, naked, bearing a simple umbel of three to ten rays, subtended by a whorl of leaves.
A somewhat rare and most curious plant. In dry stony places and on rocky slopes you will find, the long-stalked blossoms of the Tall Eriogonum, with its handsome flat-topped clusters of cream-coloured flowers, tipped and tinged with vivid rose pink, that have a peculiar bunch of tiny narrow leaves set just where the little stems of the individual flower-umbels spring from the top of the main stalk.
Tall Eriogonum (Eriogonutn uinbellatum var. majus)
It is also a most fascinating plant, both by reason of the fact that its fine cream and rose blossoms grow in barren localities, and also because its leaves (which are green above and silvery beneath) grow near to the ground, on slender, branching, woody stems, while the flower-stalks are extremely long, often reaching a height of over twelve inches.
Eriogonum ovaiifoliam, or Silvery Eriogonum, is a densely woolly and silvery plant with very short stems and oval leaves crowded on the numerous branches. The flowers are yellowish-white, tinged with rose-colour, and grow in a single head on each stalk.
Eriogonum androsaceum, or Dwarf Eriogonum, is the alpine species, and almost an exact reproduction in miniature of its "Tall" relation. The chief difference between the two plants is that the Dwarf Eriogonum is more hairy and woolly, and generally has cream-coloured flowers without any tingeing of pink. It only grows about three inches high, and is found at 7,500 feet.