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Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

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Persicaria amplexicaulis

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 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
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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