Persicaria virginiana (Polygonum virginianum)
USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
Illustration: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
What is Jump Seed?
- Type of smartweed
- 1.19-6.3 inches long
- Greenish white in color
- About 0.16 inches long
- One seeded
- Does not open to release seed when ripe
- Bulging on both sides
- 0.14-0.16 inches long
- 1-5 feet tall
Where Does it Grow?
Jump seed can be found along streams and around lakes.
Pros and Cons of Jump Seed
Smartweed seeds are heavily consumed by ducks, small birds, and small mammals. Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.