Jumpseed, Virginia Knotweed 'Lance Corporal'

Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Persicaria (per-sih-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: virginiana var. filiformis
Cultivar: Lance Corporal
Synonym:Polygonum virginianum



Foliage Color:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage




Good Fall Color

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


San Diego, California

Arvada, Colorado

Sherman, Connecticut

Atlanta, Georgia

Greenfield, Indiana

Sioux City, Iowa

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Northfield, Massachusetts

Pembroke, Massachusetts

Somerville, Massachusetts

Wakefield, Massachusetts

Westport, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Casnovia, Michigan

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Shelby, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Copan, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Winston, Oregon

Beaumont, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Underwood, Washington

Woodinville, Washington

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 6, 2015, ClevelandLinda from Cleveland, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just transplanted several of these plants that were growing wild in my yard and my son's yard (weeds). I think they are lovely and delicate looking with their long wand of tiny white flowers. I live in Cleveland, Ohio.

I didn't know what they were and looked around the web until I found out they are Virginia knotweed, "Lance Corporal".

I am concerned that people have commented that they are invasive. I hope I can control them.


On Sep 3, 2015, spacecase8 from Copan, OK wrote:

Early this spring, I was walking in a wooded area in N.E. Oklahoma, and saw hundreds of these plants. They were unusual because of the pale dark markings on the leaves. These markings looked more like tips of fingerprints. I dug one up and planted it in a flowerbed on the north side of my house where it receives filtered sunlight. We've had plenty of rain this summer, plus I water that area when it's dry. In late August, I noticed a wand had grown and it has tiny white star shaped flowers growing evenly spaced around the entire length of the wand. The lower leaves no longer show the markings, but they show no signs of any insect or other damage. I just found out what this plant was, Persicaria Virginiana.


On May 22, 2012, June1 from Cobourg,
Canada wrote:

I searched patterned leaf perennials but couldn't find it. Finally I searched chevron leaf pattern and found it. Just bought it at a home plant sale - never saw it before - I'll have to see what it does.

I also bought a plant that looks for all the world like curly dock but has a little pink plume flower. Any ideas?


On May 20, 2012, Eldritch from Berwyn Heights, MD wrote:

How in the world do I get rid of this? It's taking over my flower bed! Help!!


On Jun 11, 2011, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have it planted in full sun and it seems not to be affected at all. It's invasive. But it covers areas fast and well. overall a good plant.


On May 29, 2009, Aezarien from Shelby, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I received two of these last year and they have performed beautifully in a few different places. They are very hardy and grow nicely in my well drained prepared shade bed as well as another bed of amended clay in filtered sun. I even have a few babies popping up in the gravel beside my prepared bed. It does reseed freely and throw seed. Following the advice I was given to enjoy the blooms for a short time then trim them off, I ended up with less babies than could be counted on both hands. I enjoy the foliage enough that I could happily clip blooms when I see them and not miss them.

I can see the potential for this plant to get out of hand if left to its own devices. I wouldn't want large patches of it. My few plants here and there with blooms clipped in a timely fashion h... read more


On Jan 22, 2009, happy_macomb from Chevy Chase, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

In my yard, Lance Corporal has been highly invasive because of its wide distribution of seedlings. I had it for several years before it became a problem. And once I realized it was a problem, I tried to eradicate it -- that was maybe two years ago. But I can't. It keeps showing up where I didn't originally plant it and where I don't expect to see it - all over the yard, in the lawn, and far from where I originally had it planted. I also found it in my front yard, and I'm worried that it has spread into the neighborhood. Its seeds are extremely viable and far flung. It is pretty, but I recommend avoiding it.


On Jun 20, 2008, Barbara_Thomas from Underwood, WA wrote:

This plant is a winner in my book. Yes, it throws off a lot of seedlings, but that gives me a lot of extras to share or add in a new bed.
Try planting it in combination with Japanese bloodgrass to make them both pop!


On Nov 9, 2007, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

It is not true that this plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed. It self sows in my garden and it does come true from seed.


On Aug 12, 2006, RKChesnutt from Arvada, CO wrote:

Living in Arvada, Colorado, I have had this plant in a pot on my deck for 3 years. I do NOT bring it in for the winter. It has came back beautifully from seed every year... however it is the end of June or July before it sends it's first leaves up.


On Jun 29, 2005, pdxJules from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a beauty - mine gets 3' all around. It seems a long time each spring before it becomes a fully-rounded shrub. The wait is worth it, IMO. ..as it looks lush all summer and fall without fuss. Portland area folks - come get starts from me - I love to share. (Am planning to try some younger plants in pots indoors this winter - I suspect it will act like coleus and do fine)


On Aug 29, 2004, sycrasy from Atlanta, GA wrote:

Here in Atlanta, this is often considered a nuisance plant. My nursery has stopped selling it as is pops up in our display gardens like a weed. Red Dragon persicaria is much easier to control.

Extremely hardy and often evergreen, it spreads readily by seed. Does well in full shade and tolerates acid clay soils in both dry and wet areas.


On Sep 2, 2003, gardenscence from Wakefield, MA wrote:

I purchased this plant about four years ago from the Variegated Foliage Nursery in Connecticut (near Hartford.) I have been checking the internet for days and yours is the first site I found any information or photos other that the nursery site that has this plant.

It is in an area of my garden that is almost all shade and a dark area so it shows up. I am trying it in another area that gets morning sun but still is under the stand of about eight huge oak trees behind a shed and quite shaded.

It is a gorgeous, showy plant with tricolored red, green and white leaves. It takes its time coming up in the spring, is about 12-14" in late summer, and budding up to get ready to bloom. The blooms are a deep pink, almost red and at least 8-10 in. It will bloom until ... read more