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Persicaria amplexicaulis

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This vigorous, but noninvasive perennial flowers from early summer into autumn with bright red, purple, or white blossoms. The narrow blossoms are up to 4 inches long, and are held on long stalks above pointed, slightly puckered leaves. It grows to 4 feet high and wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPersicaria 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.  

CareGrow in moist soil in full sun to partial shade.

PropagationDivide plants in spring or fall. Sow seed in spring in a cold frame.

ProblemsAphids, Japanese beetles, slugs, snails

  • Genus : Persicaria
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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