I Love Persicaria virginiana ‘Variegata’ aka Variegated Jumpseed

Oct 22, 2021 | Love This!

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.

Clean green and white leaves. This is a foliage-contrast plant for perennial gardens and shrub borders.

In October and November, when I approach this plant in my gardens, the birds fly out because they have been feating on the seeds. Reason alone to plant this native perennial, I’m thinking…

Here is a group of variegated jumpseed in my rain garden at dawn. Love, love, love.

You may find this gently self-seeding in random areas of your landscape. Appreciate it where you like the contrast between white and dark green, and pull it where you don’t want it to grow.

1 Comment

  1. Marla

    Wow! What a neat plant – it looks like hosta surrounded by Baby’s Breath. It’s really gorgeous!


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