Polygonum virginianum

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Jumpseed, Virginia Knotweed, Woodland Knotweed
    Synonyms: Antenoron virginianum, Persicaria virginiana, Tovara virginiana
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Polygonum virginianum, or Jumpseed, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in moist open woods, as well as woodland edges. It blooms in mid to late summer, with small white flowers on long stalks.

This species can be distinguished fairly easily by its long stalks with flowers along the entire stalk; additionally, its large leaves are a key to ID, and in younger plants, there is usually a brown marking on the center of the leaves, although this happens in other related species as well; finally, the ochrea - the dry sheath connecting the stems - is hairy in this species.

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