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Persicaria hydropiperoides

MILD WATERPEPPER

SWAMP SMARTWEED

Synonym: Polygonum hydropiperoides

Florida native

 

A common perennial herb of marshes, swamps, cypress domes, lake shores and pond margins throughout most of Florida. The range includes all of the United States except Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii. In Canada it is found in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The flowers are small, white, often pinkish or greenish, with 4-6 petal-like sepals in jointed stalks. Leaves are alternate, with tube-like sheaths along the stem above the leaf bases. Leaves are narrowly lanceolate, 0.5-1.5 cm (3/16-9/16 in.) wide and 4-10 cm (1-1/2 to 4 in.) long.

 
Persicaria hydropiperoides is a member of the Polygonaceae - Buckwheat family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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