Asked on May 4, 2012

Plant Question?

LeslieChris maraSue Kiene


Does anyone know the name of this plant? It was given to me by a client and I started out with one small clump and now have many. They get about three ft. high and in the fall get a thin stem at the top with very tiny pink flowers. Nice color in the fall. Will grow anywhere.
19 answers
  • Erica Glasener
    on May 4, 2012

    Sandra, this plant looks like Persicara viriginiana var. filiformis grown for its attractive foliage. A member of the knotweed family many in this group can become aggressive spreaders in the garden. Here is a link with photo. Beautiful leaves.

  • Janis
    on May 4, 2012

    Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette' , a happy little plant, sun/part shade, 18 -24". It can be prolific by seed, but I think not enough to become invasive. LOVE it, but don't have any. Maybe I'll be seeking some out soon! J Williams, Lawrenceville, GA

  • Sandra R
    on May 4, 2012

    Oh Janice, it is VERY prolific at my house. If it keeps going it might make it to you in GA by next month.I had put a few in my dry riverbed last year, from baby plants, and this spring I have to actually weed all the babies, from those two plants, out.If you need some e-mail me, glad to share.

  • Teresa D
    on May 4, 2012

    Reminds me of a hosta, but never seen one like that. Never heard ot Painter's Palette either. Something else for me to look up! Cool! Janis, let me know if you run across any in our area.

  • Melissa K
    on May 4, 2012

    Hosta. Unk on the name but it is a hosta and can be divided very sucessfully.

  • Alice Z
    on May 4, 2012

    Yes, that is a Hosta, but not sure about which variety. There are literally thousands of variations. VERY easy to grow in a shades area, they love water and are drought resistant. Will grow fast and in summer will start to send up a stalk which produces flowers in a tubular shape. I have found that the bigger the leaf (dinner plate sized) the bigger the flower - may just be one flower the size of a trumpet! The fragrance is wonderful in the large varieties. Do not cut well for vases. Great for filling in around trees.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 5, 2012

    I believe Erica and Janis correctly identified the plant as Persicaria. Hostas are not known for their fall color.

  • Sandra R
    on May 6, 2012

    It is not a hosta, the bloom time is from end of Sept. to Nov. Does reproduce by seed more than root. I think this year from two small transplants I have 2,000 new baby plants (all over)

  • Erica Glasener
    on May 7, 2012

    Check above for the ID on this plant, by me and Janis. Happy gardening.

  • Sandra R
    on May 7, 2012

    Thank you Erica, you are correct. I knew it wasn't a hosta, I have almost all the different varieties of those.

  • Wendy E
    on May 9, 2012

    This is a beautiful plant! Will have try and find some for myself!

  • Greedith B
    on May 10, 2012

    Love it...I too am gonna see if I can find some

  • Sandra wilson
    on Jun 7, 2015

    asked your county ext. agent. Or horticulturalist

  • Sandy
    on Jun 23, 2015

    Looks like a type of hosta.

  • Linda
    on Oct 10, 2015

    This is a type of hosta. Grows like crazy anywhere you put it . likes a lot of water at first planting until it takes hold

  • LeeAnn Gerleman
    on Apr 16, 2016

    Its a hosta. There are billions of these in Iowa. People seem to like them. I don't. I put a box on my curb with about twenty of these plants and you would think I'd tossed fifty dollar bills in the box. They also attract mosquitoes, for some reason. There are many different colors in the hosta family, and they are easy to grow and difficult to dig up and get rid of. lol

  • Sue Kiene
    on Apr 23, 2016

    I agree with Painter's Pallette. Looks pretty cool to me

  • Chris mara
    on May 31, 2016

    No, that's not a hosta. Its actually a perennial that reseeds itself (which is why LeeAnn, you have billions :) of these in Iowa). Some people like to say it's invasive but I would not go that far. It reseeds itself in other areas (seeds prob. carried by birds?). It gets small flowers in fall. I myself had never seen this plant before until a friend shared some with me and I have been an avid gardener for years and years. It is called a "corporal" plant because the leaves have a "corporal uniform stripe!" It likes partial to full shade. The latin name is persicaria virginia or Virginia jumpseed or Lance Corporal. I guess in some areas it can become a nuisance, but here in Illinois, it's made a nice clump for me with a few plants popping up in unexpectedly here and there in other garden beds, but it's easy to cull them by just pulling them out or replanting elsewhere or giving them away.

  • Leslie
    on Nov 5, 2016

    This is a variety of persicaria -possibly Persicaria virginiana. Hope this helps. Looks great in shade and will probably not reseed as much in shade.

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