Latin name: Polygonum orientale
Common Name: Much more fun to say!
I don't know why it took me so many years to try this graceful, old-fashioned annual?
It's possible I'm still in the "honeymoon stage" but so far, I love everything about it. The fact that it grows & blooms quickly is awesome.
The way it reaches towering heights, on willowy stems, which sway ever so elegantly on summer breezes absolutely delights me. Wow, that came out rather poetically, didn't it?!!!
Maybe I could write the seed packet caption?!! lol
I underestimated just how tall they would actually be when I planted (one plant each) in the urns flanking the fireplace. Look how they leapt up and over it:
Described as prolific self seeders which, if they can be easily removed from unwanted spots, I generally like. Apparently, my old coco fiber doormat (which had been "temporarily" placed in front of the fireplace) is the perfect seed germinator ~ check out my new KMOTGG seedlings:
How awesome is that?? I wonder how many other seeds could be germinated this way?? Could I have just stumbled on a new seed starting method?!!!
Scroll backwards & check out the large yellow/green foliage too. Very attractive.
Another plus, apparently birds love the seeds as well. They can have whatever I don't harvest but be forewarned, I am gathering a good quantity first! I'm hoping to sprinkle them around the front garden bed next spring instead of planting them in containers again. I think tall dancing panicles of pink would be the perfect addition there. :)
A side footnote: You are not going to believe what might happen tonight. The 11th of Sept and we could get a frost or even worse, snow. Could I get a loud, commiserating "UGH?" That is just NOT RIGHT! I'm hoping it's another time the forecast is wrong....