April 1, 2020

Splash of Colors

Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Persicaria virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’

Persicaria virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’ has showy green leaves splattered with color: white, yellow and a bit of pink. Hardy to Zone 4, this herbaceous perennial forms a mound up to 2 feet wide and tall. Native to North America, ‘Painter’s Palette’ is commonly known as knotweed and can be rather aggressive if it likes its growing conditions, spreading by rhizomes and seeds. It also prefers partial shade, although it can grow in full sun if the moisture is steady. And if all that color in the leaves wasn’t enough, the plant also flowers. Late in summer, the itsy pink blooms appear on wand-like stems, giving it a delicate, wispy air.

Photographed by Mark Uchneat.