• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

Red bistort 'Firetail'

Red bistort 'Firetail'

© � RHS 2001

  • Other common names Red bistort 'Firetail'

  • Synonyms Polygonum amplexicaule 'Fire Tail'

  • Genus Persicaria can be annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials or sub-shrubs with simple leaves and small bell-shaped white or pink flowers in long-lasting spikes or panicles

  • Family Polygonaceae / Polygonaceae

  • Species 'Firetail' is an herbaceous perennial forming a clump to 1.2m in height, with large, prominently veined ovate leaves and small bright red flowers borne in dense, long-stalked spikes to 10cm in length in summer and early autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoisturePoorly-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any moist soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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