Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

9cm pot £8.99
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Buy Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' red bistort: Bright red spikes in late summer. This plant loves wet 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: 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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Eventual height & spread

A really nice plant


Still looks really good in late October - for late season colour, it takes some beating




Reliable in heavy clay and adds movement


A stalwart for a naturalistic border in heavy clay soil.

Haphazard horticulturalist





Very pleased. Last Spring I planted three 9cm pots it in combo with a 9cm pot Rodergesia Bronze Peacock (another winner) in dappled shade on clay and did not expect to see much in the first year especially as rodergesia was supposed to be slow to establish. I must have provided ideal conditions as all of them grew well and persicaria flowered by the end of the Summer. Will be adding astrantia to the mix this Spring as per Crocus suggestions.




Just keeps flowering !


This spread very well , continually flowering , fills a border with interest




Excellent Plant


Good healthy plant. Has grown really well, double its original size very pleased with this plant.




Yes, success with this one!


This plant has done really well, despite my usual "TLC" which usually ends in total collapse. If you want something that will survive treatment from a "keen but clueless" gardener try this

Peterthe elder

East London



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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

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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