Pale Smartweed

Polygonum lapathifolium

Family: Smartweed Family (Polygonaceae)

Petal Arrangement: The pale smartweed, a member of a great variety of smartweed types, is a "weed-like" plant with many very small flowers. These regular flowers grow in a straight, spiked, raceme. Each little flower is composed of 5 petals. 

Color: The pale smartweed ranges in color from light pink to white.

Leaf Arrangement: The stems of smartweeds are jointed to the stalk by a thick sheath. The stalk grows erect but usually bends at the top (appears top heavy). The leaves are whole, alternate and lance-shaped. They are untoothed, soft to the touch and not hairy. Leaves grow about 2" long.

Size, Location, Season: The Pale Smartweed grows between 30-180 cm.(1-6 ft) tall. It can be found in damp environments such as wet fields or waste places and near fresh water. It grows from Maine south to Connecticut and New York. July-Spetember

** Found at Brandeis University, in front of Bassine Biology Building in the beginning of September

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