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Other common names
red bistort 'Firetail'
Polygonum amplexicaule 'Fire Tail'
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
Polygonaceae / Polygonaceae
'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
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoisturePoorly-drained, Moist but well-drained
pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline
Grow in any moist soil 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 Wildflower meadow
Cut back after flowering
Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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