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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Pennsylvania Smartweed is found in many regions and comes from the buckwheat family.
Hardy Planting Zone
Smartweed does well in any moist area. It is very hardy and can tolerate sun or partial shade. Smartweed is often found in agricultural areas and grows explosively in water basins that have receding waterlines. It loves any moist conditions and it an important food source for aquatic birds.
Bloom Season and Color
The flower of the Pennsylvania Smartweed are greenish-white or may be rosy pink. They are about an eighth of an inch long and contain 5 petals. The flowers appear nearly stalkless. They grow in elongated clusters. Blooms appear May through October.
Height at Maturity
Pennsylvania Smartweed is a low growing plant. The height at maturity can be from 30 to 120 centimeters. It produces a huge amount of seed that will repopulate the plant the next season. It must have 60 days of cold weather.
Soil Type Preferred
This plant is good ground cover around lakes and ponds.
It doesn’t tolerate drought but will flourish in areas that have to ebb and flowing water levels. It’s great for those raising ducks, geese, or waterfowl and will be a replenishable source of food for them.
Moist soil is a must for Pennsylvania Smartweed. It does best in marshy ground and will not grow in hard soil or deep water. A few inches of water is fine. It can be grown with flood or overhead irrigation.
Sun or Shade
Smartweed will not grow in complete shade but does well in full sun or partial shade.
Pennsylvania Smartweed is a prevalent wildflower. It is distinguishable by its elongated clusters of spikey light-pink flowers. The stem is very thin, vibrant green, and has a sticky, hairy stem. Leaves are narrow and measure 10 to 15 centimeters. Leaves are identified by a dark green smudge that spans across the midpoint of a light-green vein.