The blooms on this plant are very unique and beautiful. Looks great in my gardens! Very pleased with this plant.
This looks great with other wildflowers.
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Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) is a Fast Growing Annual
Pennsylvania Smart Weed Plant is a fast-growing annual that reaches up to four feet in height. It has dark green, oblong leaves, and clusters of small pink and white blossoms. Smartweed is low maintenance and has versatile medicinal and culinary applications. Smartweed blooms from mid-July to the first frost. It thrives in all zones. Its affinity for moist and inundated soil makes it helpful in camouflaging boggy areas, as well as managing erosion. Some species can grow submerged in water, making them an excellent choice for edging ponds and water features.
Smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum)is a Crucial Source of Food for Waterfowl in the Wild
Pennsylvania Smart Weed Plant has a long history of medicinal use and is still a favorite homeopathic remedy today. The indigenous people of South America used it to combat bacterial infection. In Europe, smartweed poultices were applied to soothe inflamed muscles and to ease a cough and cold symptoms. The plant was also believed to have a repellant effect on insect pests. For this reason, it was recommended that farmers scatter smartweed in barns to drive away flies.
Another name for smartweed is "water pepper," referring to its spicy flavor. The leaves and stems can be used like cayenne pepper to flavor soups, poultry, and other dishes. The plant can be ground up like a seasoning, or chopped and sprinkled over dishes as a garnish. The roots can also be soaked and cooked. Smartweed's rapid growth and robust nature permit abundant harvesting without too much depletion of the stock.
In the wild, smartweed is a crucial source of food for waterfowl. It also attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which are essential to the health of any ecosystem - and make a visually pleasing addition to a garden. Overall, smartweed offers exciting rewards for minimal startup and maintenance effort.
USDA Climate Zone: 4-8
Height: 4 in. To 8 in.
Width: 1 ft. 8 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade.
Pennsylvania Smart Weed Plant Polygonum pensylvanicum)
Pennsylvania Smartweed Plant is an annual that flowers in late spring into early summer. The mature plant is around 18 to 36 inches tall. It produces spikes that covered with small flowers, usually reddish or pink. After the flowers finish by early to mid-summer, seeds form on the spikes that are very popular with a variety of species of songbirds and waterfowl, providing opportunities for backyard bird-watching for the rest of the summer.
The Pennsylvania Smartweed is native to Canada and the northern United States and is thus very hardy and cold-tolerant. It thrives in wet, moist areas and direct sunlight. It has long, narrow leaves and the five-petaled flowers barely seem to open, looking somewhat like a small cup. Numerous flowers form on each flowering spike; most commonly they are pink, leading to the plant sometimes being called pink weed.
This flower does well in moist areas where many other flowers cannot survive. It also makes an excellent plant to showcase water features in a garden, such as fish ponds, birdbaths, and fountains. Its ability to attract many species of birds is an attractive bonus feature that many people enjoy. It propagated from seed each year.