These rhizomatous or stoloniferous plants 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 are naturalized in a woodland or meadow. All plant parts may cause skin irritation on contact and stomach upset if ingested.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsPlants produce showy pink, red, or white spikelike flower clusters followed by distinctive oval fruits.
CareGrow in moist soil in full sun to partial shade. P. bistorta can tolerate drier soil.
PropagationDivide perennials in spring or fall. Sow seed in spring in a cold frame. Divide perennials in spring or fall.
ProblemsAphids, Japanese beetles, slugs, snails