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Polygonum

Polygonum (Smartweed, Knotweed)

The genus polygonum includes low growing herbaceous perennials as well as woody shrubs. Both types of polygonum have attractive leaves (often variegated), and great little flowers.

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This genus of buckwheats (not to be confused with the Our Gang character) has been shuffled back and forth between polygonum, fallopia, and persicaria. For the sake of continuity, we're standing pat until both sides quit squabbling and the UN forges a truce.

A few polygonum species have a deservedly bad reputation for invasiveness. We have, however, selected several well-behaved, garden-worthy forms of polygonum. Our polygonum selections do not include the phyto-terrorist polygonum types that have been rampaging around the Northeast US as well as some people's gardens.

The genus polygonum includes low growing herbaceous perennials as well as woody shrubs. Both types of polygonum have attractive leaves (often variegated), and great little flowers. Polygonum prefers full sun and is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. This is a great genus of garden plants, so don't discount them all because of a few thugs. When you're ready to buy polygonum for your perennial garden, check out our online listing of Polygonum cuspidatum for sale.