Giant fleeceflower

Persicaria polymorpha

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Plant Delights
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Giant fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha)
per-sih-KAR-ee-ah pol-ee-MOR-fah
Synonyms:  Bistorta polymorpha
Genus:  Persicaria
This massive herbaceous shrub needs a lot of room to show off its vase-shaped form, but it does not spread or self-sow like some of its relatives. It blooms close to the ground from June and continues throughout the summer atop 6-foot-tall stems. The large, white, astilbe-like blossoms fade to pink and then reddish-brown as the season comes to a close. 
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:  It prefers moist soil but can tolerate some shade and dry conditions.
Propagation:  Divide 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
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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