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Polygonum punctatum (Dotted smartweed)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Polygonum punctatum

Polygonum punctatum Elliott

Dotted Smartweed

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: POPU5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), CAN (N)

Smartweed grows to 3 feet tall with leaves 2-6 inches long. The greenish-white flowers have sepals but no petals, are 1/16 inch across, and are in racemes 1-2 1/2 inches long at the end of the erect stem.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Getting rid of Polygonum punctatum (dotted smartweed)
July 28, 2008
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, After much online research, my property has been invaded by what I believe to be Persicaria polygonum punctata, more commonly known as dotted smartweed. I have tried hortic...
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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0645 Collected May 30, 1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Bibliography

Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Polygonum punctatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polygonum punctatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polygonum punctatum

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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