Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'

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Buy Persicaria bistorta 'Superba' bistort: Showy spikes of pale pink flowers. This plant loves damp soil!

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, 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: June to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Dense spikes of soft pink flowers rise from midsummer to early autumn above semi-evergreen, deeply veined, 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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Good stalwart


Good quality plant from Crocus. Although attractive, it's not outstanding and is handsome rather than beautiful but great for ground cover and pollinators. I have planted it in soil which is not especially moist but it still did well and had plenty of flowers last summer. I'll see how it fares in a drier summer!

Auntie Allie



Planted in border


Planted at end last summer beginning autumn along with Filipendula We have heavy wet clay soil so choosing plants which like damp/wet Was worried it hadn't survived the worst winter we've had this year as it completely disappeared (No sign of global warming up here !) but now plenty new foliage showing and hopefully be followed by plenty flower spikes

clay digger


a must for a bog garden


planted in my pond bog garden

ally bob

east yorkshire


This is a good basis for the border.


Love this plant.Makes my border look quote professional.I don'thedo high maintenance so is ideal.




An amazing plant!


A fantastic, vigorous plant that's a joy to behold. 2 months ago this plant had completely died back to the ground after winter (so very much deciduous in Manchester!), and now it's a huge mass of lush green leaves with a few dozen pretty pink flower spikes. We can go up to it at pretty much any time of the day and find several bees working it, which my 2 year old daughter loves to watch. It's really flourished in one of my boggier beds and the sheer vitality of the plant really is something to see. Fully deserving of the RHS merit award.





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Hi I bought persicaria bistort from you some years ago and planted them near my stream. Water has since been redirected from the stream and without this reliable water source, they now have a very short flowering period. Could I replant them over a cover of black lining - as you recommend for ligularia - which will help with water retention? I assume too they don't need full sun. Many thanks


Yes, you could create a bog garden for them by planting them over a pond liner or plastic sheeting, but do make sure there are a few holes poked in so some water can drain away. Also, while these plants are tolerant of light shade, they tend to flower best if they are grown in a sunny spot.


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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