Etymology: Fagopyrum: from the Latin and Greek for beech wheat, from the beechnut-like, edible fruit
Plants: erect, annual, 8"-24" tall forb
Leaves: alternate, wide, triangular, lower leaves with long stalks
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1/4" wide, on stalks of different lengths; inflorescence crowded, compact, terminal cluster (corymb); blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: shiny, dry seed
Habitat: disturbed sites; cultivated
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key