Name: Persicaria virginiana ‘Variegata’ aka variegated jumpseed
Type of Plant: A herbaceous perennial (meaning it dies to the ground over the winter) that grows to 3 feet tall and wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8.
Why I Love This Plant: Fresh white and green leaves all summer. A self-seeder (hence the name “jumpseed”) but not overly enthusiastic and not difficult to edit where it’s not wanted. This is a native plant, and the birds LOVE the seeds!
A Word to the Wise: Do not confuse this with ‘Painter’s Palette’ – a variety of P. virginiana that I’m not a fan of. ‘Painter’s Palette’ is more aggressive and I don’t think it’s as attractive. But maybe that’s just me.