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Virginia jumpseed

Persicaria virginiana

Persicaria virginiana

Regular price $6.48 USD
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Size

Sun/shade: Full sun to part shade

Soil moisture: Medium

Height: 2-3'

Spread: 3-4'

Flowering period: August to September

Host plant for caterpillar species

Providing a dynamic backdrop to the shade garden, jumpseed’s leaves display a dark magenta marking that slowly fades as the growing season progresses (69). A vigorous grower, jumpseed is one of the most abundant constituents of the herbaceous layer in Ohio’s forests, and as such, it shows much potential as a groundcover in shaded landscapes (69). In midsummer the plant produces a tall stalk of small white blossoms that offer nectar which is accessible to both short and long tongued pollinators. Frequent insect visitors to the plant include bumble bees, leaf-cutting bees, various wasp species, and the lovely green metallic sweat bee (8). In natural situations, bottlebrush grass and white snakeroot are among jumpseed’s most common associates, and it is also a frequent neighbor to other woodland herbs such as white wood aster and zigzag goldenrod. Once jumpseed produces its seed, contact with the stalk can cause the seed to launch, i.e., “jump,” up to 4 meters (22,70). Flowering for up to two months in mid to late summer, this interesting forest plant attains a height of approximately 2’ and grows best under partial to full shade in soils of moderately wet to moderately dry moisture (8).
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