Polygonum hydropiper
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Polygonum hydropiper


  family polygonaceae 
  genus polygonum 

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Genus  Polygonum Species  hydropiper Variety  Cultivar  Common names  smartweed   knotweed   water-pepper   red-knees Family  POLYGONACEAE Specimen number  S8483 Data source  DyePl p21;MedPl p251
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The aerial parts of Polygonum hydropiper have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Yellow and yellow are common colors produced with Smartweed (also known as knotweed, water-pepper or red-knees). Fabrics dyed with these plant parts include wool, linen and cotton. Common mordants used to fix the color to the fabric when dyeing with this plant include alum and chrome.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  amenorrheic Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Polygonum hydropiper may have beneficial uses as an amenorrheic.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Aerial parts Dye color  yellow,gold
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Polygonum hydropiper is thought to originate from Northern hemisphere.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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