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Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pennsylvanicum). Pennsylvania Smartweed flowers from May to October and can be found in fields and disturbed areas. There are over 30 species of Smartweeds and one needs to use the flower's spikes to identify them. The plant's seeds are an important food source for songbirds and waterfowl.

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