Two seasons ago I bought a few liners from a nursery in NJ.
They were tagged as Hebe Quicksilver. Last season they did not
flower but the leaves were impressive, very variable in color.
The plants grew to about 8 inches.
This season the plants are about 2 feet tall, still with
leaves of cream or green; cream with green; green with cream;
others have blotches on them ranging from rust colored to dark
But now I have the first flower spike with little Red buds
on it. Hebe Quicksilver is supposed to have pale Mauve flowers.
Can anyone ID this plant?
Right on. Seems this plant has had a tough time finding
correct genus. Out of the Google search I would pick
either Persicaria filiformis 'Painter's Palette' or Persicara filiformis
'varigata'. And they might both be the same plant.
Thanks for your help.
I believe you have Polygonum Virginianum, also known as Painter's Palette.
Check out the info at
http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/01048.html for more
In my yard, the plant is a perennial and does vigorously self-seed but can be
pulled out rather easily.
Thanks for the info. The plant certainly has a lot of names: Tovara virginiana,
Polygonum virginianum, Persicaria filiformis but one thing is now certain I
do not have a Hebe. I'm not unhappy though, I like the foliage.
It's Persicaria virginiana 'Painters Pallette', a very attractive and easy
to maintain (not invasive) herbaceous perennial for part shade. As paghat
said, most certainly not a Hebe, which is a woody subshrub and definitely
not 'Quicksliver', which has tiny blue green leaves, held on dark stems.
FYI, most hebes will not be hardy for you in NJ - they are a somewhat tender
plant and will need winter protection. And as a means to identify a hebe,
should you really encounter one, the foliage is ranked - that is, pairs of
opposing leaves are held at exactly 90 degrees from the preceeding pair so
that when you look down the stem, the leaves are in pecise alternate rows
set 90 degrees apart.
pam - gardengal
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