Persicaria

Name Changes!
Please note that most Persicaria have changed their names and we are now listing them under their new names below...

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Excellent summer and autumn flowering plants as well as some foliage types. Many are tidy clump formers and not the thugs that many imagine the whole family to be. In particular types of Bistorta amplexicaulis are very good for naturalistic style gardening.

Persicaria is a family that warrants careful consideration before planting as it does include some highly invasive species - we have done the checking for you and only offer well behaved types and spreaders that are controllable.  Of course even the spreaders are welcome in the right place and Persicaria nepalensis (the only real spreader we offer) provides an excellent groundcover under trees where the poor, rooty soil prevents many other plants from growing.

The clump forming herbaceous species, Bistorta amplexicaulis and Bistorta officinalis are exellent border plants that mix very well with the wide range of Hardy Geraniums and Ornamental Grasses that we grow.  There are many excellent new cultivars of Persicaria amplexicaulis available, many from the breeding of Belgian collection holder Chris Ghyselen.

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Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Alba'

Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Alba'£5.00

AGM Slender white spikes over large pale green leaves in summer. Decent soil in light shade. 90cm.


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Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Firedance'

Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Firedance'£5.00

Brilliant tapering spires of scarlet flowers from midsummer into the autumn. Well behaved, and self-supporting to 1.5m. Best in good soil in sun but flexible!


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Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Rosea'

Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Rosea'£5.50

Pale, rose-pink flowers in tapering spikes on this clump-forming perennial. Best in average to good soil in some shade. 70cm.


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Bistorta amplexicaulis Taurus 'Blotau'

Bistorta amplexicaulis Taurus 'Blotau'£5.00

One of the best, older forms with masses of good sized spikes of ruby red flowers from midsummer til late autumn. Clumps to 1.2m. Ordinary to good soil in sun or light shade.


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Persicaria chinensis var ovalifolia 'Indian Summer'

Persicaria chinensis var ovalifolia 'Indian Summer'£8.50

Collected in the Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh this clump former produces clusters of pinkish red flowers on the tips of arching stems to 75cm. Good soil, part shade.


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Persicaria nepalensis

Persicaria nepalensis£4.50

Spreading groundcover for light shade or shade. Foliage emerges green with a dark chevron and turns reddish later in summer. Pinkish white flowers from midsummer. 30cm. (previously sold as P.alata)


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Persicaria virginiana 'Alba'

Persicaria virginiana 'Alba'£6.50

Clump forming with an upright bushy habit. Lovely mossy green leaves with a faint chevron and narrow tapers of tiny white flowers in mid-late autumn. Hardy, deciduous and best in shade. 90cm.


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