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Persicaria polymorpha (Giant fleeceflower)

Persicaria polymorpha Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Plant Delights

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Persicaria polymorpha per-sih-KAR-ee-ah pol-ee-MOR-fah Common Name: Giant fleeceflower Synonyms: Bistorta polymorpha, Polygonum 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.
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
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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