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Persicaria virginiana is an erect perennial plant that overwinters as an underground rhizome. It has generally broader leaves than other members of Persicaria and its flowers are more separated on long inflorescences. P. virginiana is native to North America and can be found in mesic, wooded areas of the eastern United States and Canada.

One of its common names, jumpseed, refers to the plant’s ability to launch achenes (seeds) up to 3 meters if the inflorescence is jostled (Mitchell and Dean 1978). The styles are stiff and easily get stuck to fur or clothing.

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