Pink Knotweed

Pink Knotweed

Pinkhead knotweed plants (Polygonum capitatum orPersicaria capitata) are considered excellent low-growing groundcover by some gardeners. They are also called invasive pests by others. If you read up on pink knotweed information, you’ll find that the plant is banned in England and considered invasive in California. This is because of its tendency to spread where it wasn’t invited.

In our Sunnyvale garden (Zone 9), we grow pink knotweed in a narrow patch in an interior courtyard. We welcome its growth in adverse conditions of sun-reflected heat and winter rain flooding. We have had no volunteer plants escaping to the rest of the exterior gardens.

 

Toxic to cats and dogs

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Persicaria (per-sih-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: capitata (kap-ih-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym: Polygonum capitatum

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

 

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Variegated

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

 

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

 

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