Persicaria bistorta | Superba
Not often seen for sale, Persicaria bisorta Superba is a vigorous plant that has bottlebrush like spikes of tiny pink flowers that are approximately 10-12cm long that sit atop leafless stems that stand proud above the foliage throughout late spring and into early summer. Superba is semi-evergreen and if you cut the flowers which are also excellent for picking and drying then you may get a sconed flush in the autumn. A great plant for the butterfly garden.
The plant was the recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. An excellent ground cover or plant it with other spring bulbs and perennials in a partially shaded area, plants will also tolerate a sunny spot but appreciate some respite from the hot afternoon sun. This plant is also happy along the edge of streams or a pond. As mentioned previously it is vigorous and it spread but underground rhizomes so it will want some space! The dark green leaves are lance-shaped and have attractive white markings running through them that turn to red in the autumn. Cut back plants in early spring encourage strong new growth.
Perennial | Hardy | Semi deciduous
Height with flower stems up to 1m x spreading
Plant size: PB2 - Equivalent 1.2 litres
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