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new plant! please help :)

Posted by jay3369 none (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 18, 13 at 0:19

I stopped in on a bonsai shop today and found this beauty to add to my indoor plant collection. It has very small flowers which seem to be made up of clusters of even smaller flowers (plantception). It's stems are reddish and the leaves have slightly darker 'v' markings on them that sort of resemble the white markings clovers sometimes get. It is probably in desperate need of a good trimming but I'd like to know what I'm dealing with before I start snipping heh if anyone could assist me in naming this plant I'd be so grateful!

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RE: new plant! please help :)

Persicaria sp

RE: new plant! please help :)

Likely a form of Persicaria virginiana. The leaf shape matches. There are apparently a number of cultivars -- more common in Europe than the U.S. (the OP is in Canada).

I didn't find a white-flowered variety with such a short/round inflorescence.

RE: new plant! please help :)

The flowers are not consistent with P virginiana, nor is the leaf size. I think I'd go with Persicaria capitata/Ploygonum capitatum. I'm pretty sure it will not be happy indoors without supplemental lighting. Possibly why it's already showing signs of stress. Pink flowers can become pale with lack of light. Invasive in warm regions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Persicaria

This post was edited by floral_uk on Mon, Nov 18, 13 at 8:45

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