Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) is a local annual herb that may be a duck magnet. Whilst Pennsylvania Smartweed flowers range in color from white to gentle pink or bright pink, the intense pink is a colourful and really sexy flower as may also be seen within the photograph at the left. Growing between 1 and 4 feet tall Pennsylvania Smartweed is a quite erect plant even though it will bend towards gentle in partial shade. Its stems spherical, smooth stems range in color from a mild inexperienced to faintly red. The leaves are inexperienced to dark inexperienced in color and would possibly grow to 7 inches in duration and 3 inches wide. On the base of the petioles you’re going to to find bristle-less sheaths that wrap across the stem. Probably the most higher stems terminate briefly spike-like inflorescence that appear to be a slim cylinder and measure 2-3 inches in duration. These are densely crowded with small buds and flowers around 1/8 of an inch across. These petite flowers do not open widely even if in full bloom and don’t have any noticeable floral scent. Pennsylvania smartweed is located just about all over the United States and so much recurrently happens on freshwater mudflats to quite brackish spaces together with the margins of ponds, lakes, marshes, and identical moist spaces. Seed may also be broadcast on most sensible of wet ground, in mudflats or drawdown spaces after the last killing frost within the spring. It can be seeded later to be sure that seed maturity coincides with the arriving of migratory birds. The glossy, black flattened fairly circular seeds are in most cases broadcast at a rate of 10-15 pounds per acre. The nectar of the flower attracts various insect species together with long and short-tongued bees, small butterflies and moths. As well as it is a wonderful food for waterfowl together with ducks, geese, doves, and different game and non-game species. Furthermore, the dense foliage supplies very good duvet for immature waterfowl, marsh birds, and wintering pheasants.