Bistort

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

Persicaria amplexicaulis
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Bistort (Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail')
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Synonyms:  Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Firetail'
Genus:  Persicaria
This vigorous but noninvasive perennial flowers from early summer into autumn with crimson blossoms to 6 inches long. Its leaves are dark green, arrow-shaped, and slightly puckered. It grows to 4 feet high and wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Persicaria are rhizomatous or stoloniferous plants that are spreading and sometimes invasive. They have fleshy stems and conspicuously veined leaves, some of which exhibit autumn color. Many are suitable in a mixed container or border, others naturalized in a woodland or meadow. All plant parts may cause skin irritation on contact and stomach upset if ingested. 
Care:  Grow in moist soil in full sun to partial shade.
Propagation:  Divide plants in spring or fall. Sow seed in spring in a cold frame.
Problems:  Aphids, Japanese beetles, slugs, snails.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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