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Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'

 
Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'
Japanese knotweed

Synonym(s) Polygonum cuspidatum; Reynoutria japonica
Common name Japanese knotweed
Family polygonaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers white (late summer-early fall)
Size 2-4'
Light sun-part shade

Bought this labeled simply 'Fallopia', so the exact identification is tentative. Looks to be yet another pretty member of the knotweed family. It is superficially similar to Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Pallette', but this species doesn't have the dark chevrons characteristic of Persicaria/Polygonum. Our plant is well-behaved – I haven't seen any spreading by roots, and only occasional self-seeding. It's late to return in spring, so it helps to mark its location.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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