Flower of the Day: Jumpseed (a mid-summer LWF)

Polygonum virginianum, aka Persicaria virginiana and several others; Polygonaceae (buckwheat family)

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Most of the LWFs* I wrote about earlier in the season were tiny little flowers on tiny little plants.  This one is a tiny little flower on a very large inflorescence on a medium-sized plant.  The plant grows about three feet tall, and usually sports only a single foot (or more) long flower spike with dozens of buds; only a few open at a time, and each flower is less than 1/8″ across.

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Jumpseed is found throughout woodlands in North America, from northern Quebec south through Florida and west to Texas.

*little white flowers

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