(Fagopyrum esculentum) Buckwheat is native to Southwest Asia and is a multipurpose crop that can be grown as a cover crop to improve soil, as a gorgeous flowering ornamental or an alluring pollinator plant -- and of course the seeds are a densely nutritious food that can be cooked and eaten whole or ground into flour. It is a favorite plant of beekeepers as the blooms hold on the plants for extra long. Buckwheat is known as one of the quickest growing grain crops as it matures to seed before all others. That's why it is a popular choice for short season climates. Buckwheat is not cold tolerant, so it is important to wait until any chance of frost has passed. Ideal germination temperature is 65-90F. The seeds are famously quick to germinate; they should pop in just 2-7 days. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep. Seeds can be hand or mechanically broadcast across field or bed, no need to carefully sow them. Buckwheat is extremely easy to grow and will thrive as a carefree cover crop, but be sure to water in times of drought as the plants will wilt when very thirsty.
Amazing pink blooms in profusion! Grown for incredible flowers, tasty buckwheat seeds, and for feeding beneficial insects! In 1987, the very rare pink buckwheat was taken to Japan from the Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of 12,400 feet by Professor Emeritus Akio Ujihara of Shinshu University. We are told that Takano Co. and Mr. Ujihara further developed this to suit the Japanese climate. Clouds of rose-pink flowers cover this low-maintenance perennial buckwheat. The drought-tolerant flowers are fantastic to attract beneficial pollinators in abundance and add an amazing pop to long-lasting bouquets. Planted en masse, it is as stunning as a field of lavender. Easy to grow, deer resistant, drought tolerant and hardy in much of the U.S.