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Swamp Smartweed

Swamp Smartweed
  Sept. 18, 2008 - Higley Flow, Colton, NY

Polygonum coccineum


Soil Type - most - wet
Soil ph - Neutral
Water - moist soil to shallow water
Light - Full sun - part shade


Height Average - 1 - 4 ft.
Time of bloom - July - Sept
Flower colors - deep pink
Propagation - Seed
Transplants - ?

Swamp Smartweed can grow as a terrestrial or aquatic form. In fluctuating water levels it can be both.


by common name


Smartweeds can be recognized by the swelling and sheath around the stem where leaves are attached.
Smartweeds have terminal flower spikes - Knotweeds have flowers that form at the leaf axils.
Polygonum coccineum
Polygonums are nonpoisonous plants and some are used as food.
While all can be eaten some have such a bitter acrid taste that they are not recommended.
Leaves are used as a cooked greens or added raw in salads.

Buckwheat and Rubarb belong to the same family - Polygonaceae