"...a gardener who knows his flowers and is ignorant of his weeds is like half a coin, a tail without a head." Sara B. Stein
I have tons of this stuff in one corner of my yard. Trying to decide what it is and if I should let it stay. It is kind of pretty....
my gardener pal calls it lady's slipper and to get ride of it-- it takes over.
It's lady's thumb / knotweed / smartweed / etc. the leaves and pink flower clusters are edible and nutty-tasting
Thanks Brian Heagney. But... aren't those three plants (lady's thumb, knotweed, and smartweed) different? The always helpful Google search tells me this:Lady's thumb = Persicaria vulgarisJapanese knotweed = Polygonum cuspidatumSmartweed = Persicaria lapathifoliumSo my question remains: which of these three types do I have in my yard?Or are botanists just messing with our heads by giving different names to essentially the same plant?