Polygonum glaucum

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Polygonum glaucum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Polygonum
P. glaucum
Binomial name
Polygonum glaucum
Nutt. 1818

Polygonum glaucum, common names seabeach knotweed[1] and seaside knotweed,[2] is a North American species of plant in the buckwheat family. It grows on the Atlantic Coast of the United States, from Alabama to Massachusetts, including in salt-water inlets such as Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River.[3]

Polygonum glaucum is a branching herb up to 70 cm (28 in) tall. It appears silvery of bluish-green because of wax covering the leaves and stem. Flowers are pink or white, produced in groups of 1–3. It grows on beaches, sand dunes, and the edges of coastal marshes.[4]


  1. ^ Brako, L., A.Y. Rossman & D.F. Farr. 1995. Scientific and Common Names of 7,000 Vascular Plants in the United States 1–294.
  2. ^ "Polygonum glaucum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Flora of North America, Polygonum glaucum Nuttall, 1818. Seabeach knotweed