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Persicaria orientalis

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Persicaria (per-sih-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)

Synonym:Polygonum orientale

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45 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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9 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive elfenqueen On Sep 18, 2014, elfenqueen from East Tawas, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Mine have reseeded from east to west along the south side of my pond. I transplanted a few with no problems, even moving some to the front yard. They did grow in the shade, but remained smaller plants. The one's in moist ground, with the most sun.... grew 7-9' as did the ones transferred into a loose mounded, top soil hill, in full sun. I love this old fashioned plant which I can recall seeing at age 4, it made a lasting impression so strong that I knew some day I would have to know more about it. I do hope it attracts cardinals, I have had a small family for the past few winter and I strive to make my yard a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Positive Dean48089 On Jun 5, 2013, Dean48089 from Warren, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

If you like having cardinals in your yard, this is the plant to have! In late summer I have had as many as twenty cardinals at a time fighting over the KMOTGG plants around the patio. They love the seeds and I have never had problems with seedlings coming up beyond the patio area where I grow them (which means the cardinals must be digesting those seeds).

I can't imagine where they got the height range of only 36-48 inches. That must have been from measuring a plant that came up in the crack of a driveway. Even without additional (non-rain) water the plants routinely get five feet tall. With TLC they can get up to eight feet tall. This is also a great plant for companion planting with hyacinth beans, morning glories, and other annual vines.

Positive kobwebz On Jan 25, 2011, kobwebz from columbia, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love this plant too. Not invasive at all here in zone 6a, does self sow but only here and there have had it for many years. Mine get upwards of 6 feet tall and hold their own with out staking.

Positive sherman99 On Dec 16, 2010, sherman99 from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

love the fragrance!

Positive ansonfan On Sep 25, 2010, ansonfan from Polkton, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I really like this plant. The blooms are still hanging on here in late September and keep their color for a long time. Mine is in the shade of a tree for the afternoon and has still done well.

Neutral huckiefinn On Jul 6, 2010, huckiefinn from Mequon, WI wrote:

Whoa Nelly! This thing needs watching! One plant in five years sent us searching for the Round-up. It is such a prolific self sowing flower that "invasive" would be an understatement. It is quite attractive and will literally grow anywhere there is sun but unfotunately, it is VERY hard to control. Birds carry off the seeds as do small ground dwelling mammals thus insuring the plant's proliferation into undesirable areas. No matter how well we monitor it somehow it bursts back someplace new every year not even fazed by severe winters!

Positive subuch On Apr 21, 2007, subuch from Lafayette, CA wrote:

I'll just add another positive to this lovely plant. The blossoms have a gentle yet delightful fragrance that is carried in the air when a warm wind blows.

Positive Compost_it On Nov 6, 2004, Compost_it from Maple Falls, WA wrote:

Started growing this in a food bank garden 10 years ago to draw the eye. It is a spectacular display for back drop or above a fence. A fun plant to watch grow; it's little collars, the flower presentation, the flowers and seeds side by side and of course it's size. It volunteers and is easily pulled where not wanted. Transplants without missing a beat with a little B-1 drink. This fall I shook the clusters of flower chains into a large tub for seed just before the first strong storm. What a crop! The better the location (sun) and soil, the larger and more dramatic the plant. But in my shady home garden scraped sub-soil, it still reaches 6 feet with just drinks of weed tea. This is a great plant. Try it, you'll like it!

Positive Tree_Climber On Oct 1, 2004, Tree_Climber from Brown City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I think this plant is a beauty. Wonderful to see the tall willowy stems loaded with pink blossoms swaying in the wind.

I never had any luck starting them from seed because I didn't realize they had to go through a cold period. My suggestion to anyone sharing seed is to make sure you mark that on the packet or send them already chilled.

I also grow a variegated variety of this plant. It is a bit shorter and has a softer pink blossom. The leaves have lots of white on them, and are extremely soft .... like Lambs ear. I've never seen seed available commercially for this variety, but you can buy seedlings.

Neutral pixelmill On Jul 26, 2004, pixelmill from Sunnyvale, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Luther Burbank Garden in Santa Rosa, CA has a 10ft. specimen in full bloom.

Neutral castor_bean1 On Aug 30, 2003, castor_bean1 from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Seed requires cold treatment to germinate. If someone gives you seed, just leave it outside in the shed overwinter.

Neutral bovinekdg On Jun 28, 2003, bovinekdg wrote:

An older friend gave me this seed and said it grew in his grandma's garden. He called it Lady Finger. It reseeds itself profusely! It can be a problem because every seed seems to germinate--any place it falls. It is showy, a good backdrop for shorter plants and also makes shade where needed. It does pull easily when young. My farmer husband thinks it is a giant smartweed and is afraid it will get loose in his fields.

Positive irislove On Oct 22, 2002, irislove from Withee, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Its a very sturdy plant and I have had it get 6 feet tall plus. Its not hardy in zone 4 but it does reseed itself very plentiful. Its bloom time is usually late late summer. I really like this plant as a back ground plant,hanging over my 5 foot fence.

Neutral poppysue On Aug 12, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a tall annual knotweed that was an old-fashioned favorite in cottage gardens. Its thick sturdy stems can grow up to 5 feet or even taller in rich soil. The beady, rose-colored flowers are born on drooping panicles and last well until frost. It makes an attractive backdrop behind shorter plants.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Clovis, California
Lafayette, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Richmond, California
San Anselmo, California
San Jose, California
Santa Barbara, California
Stockton, California
Denver, Colorado
Marietta, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Washington, Indiana
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Northeast Harbor, Maine
Billerica, Massachusetts
Brown City, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Tawas City, Michigan
Warren, Michigan
Little Falls, Minnesota
Jersey City, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Ogdensburg, New York
Wallkill, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Polkton, North Carolina
Sandusky, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Houston, Pennsylvania
Lititz, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Kurten, Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas
Logan, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Springdale, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Kendall, Washington
Spangle, Washington
Union, Washington
Green Bay, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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