Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

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Buy Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' red bistort: Bright red spikes in late summer. This plant loves wet soil!

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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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Notes on Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

"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"

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I would recommend this plant


Very healthy plant . Well packaged . Attracted lots of bees. I also use it as a cut flower.




I loved this colourful plant


Really colourful and colour lasted a long time




Perfect space filler


Easy and rewarding with a long flowering period but must ensure it never dries out




Good buy


Unusual, filled in gaps without running riot




A wonder!


This is one of those plants that does differently in every garden. A few friends have labelled it 'diva' yet in our garden it thrives wherever I put it and I've tried it everywhere. I do not find it particularly fussy. Hydrangeas are bigger divas in my opinion. Mine are growing as part of the East facing shrub border on clay in combination with hydrangea Vanilla Fraise and large red fuchsia with evergreens in the back. The colour combination is both lovely and long-lasting. All three of them are quite thirsty but well worth it.




Slender. Needs support? Colours quickly


I really like the foliage but any wrong moves and it colours really quickly. It's a bit of a drama queen flopping over with not enough water and bouncing back after. I'm in year two and the stems are getting thicker. They have tended to fall over quite easily. Maybe another year and they'll be sturdier yet. I don't have anything in front to prop them up. I'll be looking for something low with structure for in front

Fig fan


I would buy this species again


South facing, to compensate I water the soil frequently. Great space filler.


Newcastle upon Tyne



4.9 7


This plant is spreading too far and the roots are very solid and dense - how can I reduce it?


Overly large clumps can be lifted and divided in Spring or Autumn.


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.


Hello, 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.


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

mary culhane

Hello Mary, Most flowering plants prefer a sunnier spot, and few plants can cope if the soil remains too wet, however you could consider any of the following Alchemilla Ferns Helleborus Hydrangea Persicaria Rhododendron Vinca I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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