Persicaria, Jumpseed, Variegated Virginia Knotweed 'Painter's Palette'

Persicaria virginiana

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Persicaria (per-sih-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Painter's Palette
Additional cultivar information:(Variegata Group)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Seale, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Brentwood, California

Calistoga, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Menifee, California

Menlo Park, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Parker, Colorado

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Saint Joseph, Illinois

South Holland, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Newburgh, Indiana

Des Moines, Iowa

Milo, Iowa

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Ewing, Kentucky

Annapolis, Maryland(2 reports)

Bishopville, Maryland

Silver Spring, Maryland

Boston, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Allegan, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Marshall, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lebanon, Missouri

Greenfield, New Hampshire

Mount Holly, New Jersey

Huntington Station, New York

Interlaken, New York

Schenectady, New York

Southold, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon(2 reports)

New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Tullahoma, Tennessee

Carrollton, Texas

Flower Mound, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Dutton, Virginia

Evington, Virginia

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Great Falls, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Woodinville, Washington

Appleton, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Wild Rose, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 25, 2021, Weslemkoon1 from Addington Highlands, ON,
Canada (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very elegant and striking variegation in this Persicaria - it makes good foil for many other regular green foliaged plants. It has kept to a tidy clump in my garden, and I have not seen the vigorous spreading or self-seeding that others have reported in other locations.


On Nov 6, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Way too aggressive for me. I'm dealing with two gardens that have been overtaken by this plant over a period of decades. Spreads by self-sowing and also by root.


On Oct 2, 2014, edenmb from Huntington Station, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:

Given to me by a friend, I absolutely adore this plant and have been enjoying sharing the "babies" with other friends. It seems to grow in places where I haven't been able to cultivate anything pretty. I love the colors.. I don't love the flowers but I am happy to have them in October! If it grows where I don't want it, it is easy to remove (but, again, I love it so when I remove it, I pot it for gifts).


On Jun 20, 2014, jon4de from Bay Shore, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I got this on the recommendation of Stan Megos at Variegated Foliage in Eastford, CT a great place to see how it thrives in part-to-full shade. As others have stated, its foliage really does brighten up a shady area. I had let the spikes go to seed, but held out little hope of anything coming up after a particularly nasty winter here in the Northeast. However, I was thrilled to see that the main plant and about two dozen babies were one of the first things up this spring. I will admit that the self-seeds did cover a large area, a diameter of about 12-15 feet, but that was fine with me. Because of the variegation, they are easy to spot, and can be replanted without skipping a beat; or removed, for anyone not wanting new plants. Thanks to Stan for convincing me to try it, I cant imagi... read more


On Oct 18, 2013, kmenzel from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I started this from seed from a seed exchange many years ago, and it is one of my shade favorites here in St. Paul, MN. The "red antenna" flowers are such a treat in the fall. It seeds a lot, but the plants are easy to pull, pot, or transplant if you don't like where they end up. My original patch (along with lots of other tried-and-true troopers...weird year) died during the winter of 2012-2013, but my secondary patch came back better than ever, as did lots of seedlings.


On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice looking Persicaria, though seeds itself a bit too freely. Easy enough to pull out, I suppose. Blooms September-October in my garden.


On Oct 7, 2010, daddw from Seattle, WA wrote:

I grow this in part shade and the leaf color is creamy, with green and burgundy accents, but mainly cream. It brightens things up a lot, especially when it blooms, in fall. It is quite vigorous and requires no care. It reseeds profusely, but the seedlings are easy to pull out ( and to share!). Seattle.


On Aug 25, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

highly recommend - doesn't seem as aggressive as other Persicaria. i agree with all the other Daver's that it's a great addition to your shade garden for the variegation. the flowers are quite unique and beautiful but you need to be within 10 feet to see them but when you do, they REALLY 'pop' from the vivid color.


On May 11, 2006, boneyween from Shawnee Mission, KS wrote:

If you want something that will naturalize in a dry, shady area, I highly recommend this perennial. I planted two of them several years ago in a mostly vacant bed under a large, dense tree. The soil is very poor and thick with tree roots, so I had a hard time finding things that would thrive there. After a few years of flowering, dozens of seedlings have sprouted in the open areas under the tree. When I planted them, I didn't know they would spread at all, but I am very pleased with the result. The variegated foliage really brightens up the otherwise dim area where little else will tolerate the dry, root-bound, poor soil. The tiny, red flowers in late summer are a nice bonus. Full shade, or at least afternoon shade, is strongly recommended.


On Sep 3, 2005, lilystorm from San Jose, CA wrote:

I've been growing this for just a few months, but am very impressed so far. The leaf color has so many beautiful variations. Even if it never blooms, it's a good plant in my book.


On Jun 9, 2002, DarkPhoenix from Sandpoint, ID wrote:

I just wanted to say that they DO bloom in captivity- I've had one in a pot for several years (afraid to put it out til I can manage to propagate it) and it's bloomed the last two years. It's the tricolor variegated, and I grew it from seed, and it's the only seed that germinated. No germination from the seeds it set, either. Not an easy propagator!


On Sep 8, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The foliage has a striking burgundy (black) chevron marking. The flowers are rather inconspicuous, but will help increase your plants (self-sows readily; plants will come true to parent.)

Some sources indicate the plant does not flower in cultivation, although many gardeners report reliable blooms from 1-year old plants.