Smartweed
(Pink Smartweed - Pennsylvania Smartweed)
Polygonum pennsylvanicum, Syn: Persicaria pensylvanica
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to slightly hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is wet ditches, fields and disturbed areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; no leaf stalk; lance-like; no teeth and no lobes. Leaf base is wedge-shaped and small stipules sheathe the stems.

Flowers are in a raceme; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The calyx is in five parts and pink; no corolla. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a nutlet.


Photo courtesy Mike and Claire Carter

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