Persicaria virginiana, Virginia Knotweed
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Earlier classified as Polygonum virginianum or Tovara virginiana, this native commonly occurs throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic Region. It also is called Jumpseed because pressure on its mature seeds causes them to jump off the plant for dispersal. The cultivar ‘Painter’s Palette,’ which can spread aggressively, is grown primarily for its attractive variegated foliage.
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Tags: Bloom Color: Greenish to pinkish white (dark red for ‘Painter’s Palette’), Clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with upright, arching stems and a knotty rhizome Broad, oval leaves with pointed tips; distinctive sheathed stem joints, Widely spaced, tiny white flowers with 4 petallike sepals in long, curving racemes in summer White oval fruit (red on ‘Painter’s Palette’) with the style drooping from the tip, Spreads rapidly by rhizomes and self-seeding, Attributes, Tolerates drought, once established, and deer, No serious pests or diseases, Attracts butterflies, Well-drained Hedera helix – English Ivy, Partial Shade, Shade Liriope spicata – Creeping Lily-Turf Water Requirements: Moist Polygonum cuspidatum – Japanese Knotweed Plant on a site protected from wind Vinca minor – Periwinkle Deadhead flowers or grow in a container to control spread; ‘Painter’s Palette’ can spread aggressively Use in borders, in containers, in woodland gardens, or massed as a ground cover Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-8