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Pennsylvania Smartweed

Polygonum pensylvanicum


Dense, terminal, spike-like clusters of small white and pink flowers. The bases of the leaves form a distinctive cylindrical sheath where the stalk joins the stem.


Growing on the edge of a small woodland pond.


This plant is an important part of the habitat for many kinds of birds, which use it for cover and food. In fact, there are at least 50 species of birds that eat the seeds.

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Pennsylvania smartweed or pinkweed
Polygonum pensylvanicum Polygonum pensylvanicum - Wikipedia

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SarahWhitt 3 years ago

Sure thing!! :)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thanks Sarah!

SarahWhitt 3 years ago

Yours is MUCH prettier than wiki's!! ;)

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2017
Submitted on Jan 2, 2018

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