Persicaria orientalis

POLYGONACEAE, The Buckwheat family
Also called Polygonum orientale

Eireann and I saw this fabulous annual along the sidewalk at Buffalo Gardens on Alberta, a happy little place where chickens and dogs roam free. A giant relative of knotweed and smartweed, this one grows 4 to 6 feet tall. The long pink flower spikes dangle down around its sturdy stalk. It’s considered an old-fashioned cottage garden plant, and while it is great in the back of the border, there are lots of creative uses for it. It would make a gorgeous contrast to dark red sunflowers. Plant it in full sun. The seeds need a cold period before germinating. It can be used as a cut flower.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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