Talk about an identity crisis! The species form of this U.S native is known by a variety of botanical names, including Persicaria virginiana, Persicaria filiforme, Tovara virginiana, Tovara filiforme, Polygonum virginianum, and Polygonum filiforme. Plants with variegated foliage add even more complexity to the nomenclature: You may see them listed as Variegata Group, ‘Variegata’, or ‘Painter’s Palette’. And then there are the various common names, including jumpseed, Virginia knotweed, and painter’s palette. I’ll leave it up to you what you want to call it if you decide to try it.
Be aware that this plant can be considered an aggressive spreader in some growing conditions, so do some research before you buy these seeds. I find it to be well behaved in my southeastern Pennsylvania garden, providing welcome color in shady areas with its ivory to white leaf streaks and splashes, sometimes also with red to maroon markings. (The amount and vibrancy of the variegation varies from leaf to leaf and plant to plant.) The upright stems, which reach about 18 inches tall, produce slender wands of tiny, greenish white flowers that mature into bright red seedpods in fall, for a total height of about 2 feet. Partial to full shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 10.
2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in fall 2022. At least 15 seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.