Spotlight On: Fallopia Japonica ‘Variegata’

The unusual, mottled, cream, sage and coral foliage of Fallopia japonica ‘Variegata’ makes a stunning backdrop for other plants in your garden, as well as being a showstopper in its own right. Although it's a slow spreader, it’s not the right plant for everyone. In some areas, it is considered invasive like its cousin, Japanese knotweed, which is called the world’s worst invasive species. At up to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, Fallopia japonica ‘Variegata’ does the job of a shrub while dying back to the ground each winter.

Care: Requires little care other than being cut back in spring, leaves can scald in full sun

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Variegated Japanese Knotweed

Scientific Name: Fallopia japonica ‘Variegata’ also Reynoutria japonica 'Variegata'

Light: Full sun to part shade

Zones: Zone 5, zone 6, zone 7, zone 8, zone 9

Plant Type: Perennial, subshrub

Plant Height: 72 inches

Plant Width: 48 inches

Bloom: White flowers in summer

Landscape Uses: Perennial borders, containers

Special Features: Long bloom time, showy foliage

An interesting perennial for sun to part sun, Fallopia japonica ‘Variegata’ is grown more for its foliage than its flowers. This slow-growing plant that is closely related to one of the most invasive species, so check to make sure this plant is appropriate in your area. Attractive to bees.