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Persicaria virginiana
(formerly Polygonum virginianum)

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) Other common names: Virginia Knotweed, Virginia Smartweed

Other scientific names: Polygonum virginianum, Tovara virginiana

French names: Renouée de Virginie

Family: Smartweed Family (Polygonaceae)

Similar species:
  •   Lady's Thumb (Persicaria maculosa) - Leaves also have a splotch in the middle, but the plant is much smaller and the flooweres are quite different.

Flowers: Summer;  White;  4 parts (petals);  Very small flowers.

Leaves: Alternate, Simple

Habitat: Forests

Grows in Sun/Shade: Shade

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 130   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photography notes: Jumpseed flowers are very small and are difficult to photograph. And it doesn't help that they're located along a very lon flower stalk that bounces in the slightest breeze.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: virginiana: of Virginia, Virginianvirginianum: of Virginia

Photographs: 88 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) flower

Jumpseed flowers are very small!

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)

Another photo of a flower.

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) flower stalk

Jumpseed flower stalk, with flowers and developing seed pods scattered along its length.

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) leaves

Jumpseed has distinctive leaves, sometimes with a large splotch in the middle.

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) leaves

Jumpseed plants just coming up in the spring.

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) leaves

Leaves without splotches.

Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana) plant

An entire Jumpseed plant, with leaves and the long flower stalks.

Range map for Jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)