Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

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Tall substantial shade-tolerant perennial with heart-shaped dark-green leaves sheathed round flower stalks - topped with crimson tapers that keep their colour until late autumn

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any moist soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    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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    Just pulled up my three plants as the only insects Attracted to it were loads of wasps, they are even getting to the flowers poking out of the garden waste bin? Why did I only get wasps on it? Bees busy on plants next to it but never on it.
    Asked on 6/8/2015 by Hopey from West sussex

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      I am sorry to hear of your disappointment. The flowers of these plants are quite rich in nectar, so do attract a wide range of pollinators including wasps, which tend to be active in September. The good news is that wasps are not altogether bad in the garden as they do eat a lot of aphids as well as caterpillars.

      Answered on 7/8/2015 by Helen from crocus
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    Help for a shady damp spot please

    Hi I'm looking for plants for a damp shady spot in my garden. It's a raised, north-facing bed and stays damp most of the year, and the soil is compost-rich. I'd love to get some colour in there as I look out on to it from my kitchen window so I was wondering about Hollyhocks, Flag Irises or maybe Heuchera? I also have a very big slug problem though - tried Sambucus nigra last year and it was eaten! Please, what can you suggest? I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Mary
    Asked on 24/7/2009 by mary culhane

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