Persicaria virginiana (Jumpseed)
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|Habitat:||part shade, shade; moist woods, thickets|
|Bloom season:||July - September|
|Plant height:||1 to 4 feet|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: FAC MW: FAC NCNE: FAC|
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Flowers are sparsely arranged in a spike-like raceme, 4 to 16 inches long. Individual flowers are white to greenish white, sometimes pinkish, 1/8 inch long with 4 pointed-tip petals. 4 stamens protrude slightly from the center. One terminal spike is normal, but a plant may branch and have multiple spikes.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are broad, up to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide, rounded at the base and sharply pointed at the tip, on short stems. Leaves are usually hairy on both sides, but may be hairless on the underside. The main stem is hairless, except for nodes surrounding the main stem at the leaf axils.
Jumpseed often goes by Polygonum virginianum but the accepted name in Minnesota is Persicaria virginiana.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Anoka County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Anoka County.
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