Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette'

Persicaria virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’

This plant can be aggressive, but so far, the deer like it so much that they are barely allowing it to live. It is now more protected, so we shall see how well it performs next year. It can spread and has volunteer plants that pop up around it. We do have one growing in a pot that was by the original plant.

While the species name would have you believe it is from Virginia, it is actually a native of Missouri.

It forms a spreading foliage mound 18-24” tall and as wide. Broad, oval, medium green leaves are marbled and splashed with cream, yellow, red and black. Most leaves have a central chevron where most of the red and black are found.

Pronunciation: per-sih-KAR-ee-uh vir-jin-ee-AN-uh

Species Meaning: Of or from Virginia (U.S.)

Persicaria virginiana is native to Missouri U.S..

Cultivation Notes

While it is meant to be in sun or part sun, I have placed it in a more shady location, although it may become more exposed as some of the taller brush around it is cleared. I am hoping it will brighten up the area. There are conflicting reports about its water needs, some saying drought tolerant and others saying it needs average moisture. We will find out, because it will not be getting watered a lot once it has been given a chance to get established.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P19019

Found in Compost Heap,

It was off to the side of the contemplation garden under the ironwoods – in the middle. Unfortunately, something kept eating it and it died.

We acquired this plant from Joy Creek.

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Persicaria

Species: virginiana

Variety: Painter's Palette

Commonly known as: Variegated Knotweed

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Part Shade
Part Sun
Season of Interest:

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