Herb: Pennsylvania Smartweed

Latin name: Polygonum pensylvanicum

Synonyms: Persicaria pensylvanica, Polygonum pennsylvanicum

Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Medicinal use of Pennsylvania Smartweed:

An infusion of the plant tops has been used in the treatment of epilepsy. An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat haemorrhages of blood from the mouth and to aid postpartum healing. The leaves have been used as a wipe on the anus in treating bloody piles.

Description of the plant:


70 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Waste ground in moist soils.

Cultivation of Pennsylvania Smartweed:

Waste ground in moist soils.

Known hazards of Polygonum pensylvanicum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.