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Lady's-Thumb (knotweed, smartweed, red-shanks) (polygonum)

Like all of the smartweed family, the lady's-thumb is known by its tight, spike like clusters of tiny pink or whitish flowers and their knotted stems. They have a papery stem at each joint. the leaves are narrow, often with a dark triangular blotch upon them (a distinguishing feature). The stems are reddish.

Lady's-Thumb
(Picture provided by Patrick Donoghue.)

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Peter Landry

2011