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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common bistort adderwort
dragonwort Easter giant Easter ledges Easter magiant Easter man-giant gentle dock great bistort osterick oysterloit passion dock patience dock patient dock red legs snakeweed twice-writhen
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
P. bistorta is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial to 1m tall, with prominently veined, ovate leaves to 30cm long, and dense spikes of small pale pink flowers in summer and early autumn
Europe, N & W Asia
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoisturePoorly-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Ideal for a moist soil although it can tolerate some dryness; copes in full sun or partial shade
Propagate by division in spring or autumn
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Deadhead faded spikes
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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