Red Bistort

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

Red Bistort - Persicaria amplexicaulis  'Firetail'

Common Name: Red Bistort
Genus: Persicaria
Species: amplexicaulis
Cultivar: 'Firetail'

Category: Aquatic & Bog Garden Plants
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained or Boggy, poorly drained




Long slender spikes clustered with tiny fluffy crimson-red flowers rise from mid summer to early autumn above semi-evergreen lance-shaped mid-green leaves. This clump-forming vigorous perennial has handsome foliage and quickly makes dense groundcover in sun or partial shade. Plant it in bold swathes to add vertical interest in the border right through till mid autumn and give it plenty of space. Persicaria does not like dry soil so performs best in a bog garden or beside a pond. Bees and other insects love it too!

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in spring or autumn.


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