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Persicaria virginiana 'Compton's Red'

Persicaria virginiana 'Compton's Red'

Family:  Polygonaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Red
Leaf Colour:  Brown/Purple/Red
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Light/Part Shade
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  60cm to 90cm (2' to 3')
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H6 minimum -15°C to -20°C
Pot Size:  1.4L



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Tight clumps of upright stems bearing amazing satiny olive leaves with a dark brown chevron. Spires of tiny red flowers in autumn. Part shade or shade, ordinary soil. 90cm.

Perfectly well behaved and hardy in most winters, is this the ideal Persicaria? An ideal plant for a more tropical look in a shady area as well as blending with typical shade loving plants like Silene fimbriata and Milium effusum 'Aureum'.

Easy in any decent soil, the new growth in spring can get frosted but always tries again and the plant is none the worse for it.  The foliage improves steadily through the spring and summer and is at it's best by August when the flowers start to appear in thin spikes above the leaves.  The first hard frost will blacken the foliage and the plant retreats underground until the new year.

Avoid waterlogged sites.

Previously called Persicaria virginiana Compton's Form.

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