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Persicaria affinis 'Superba'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

This useful evergreen, ground-cover plant has glossy, lance-shaped leaves which turn reddish in dry conditions, and take on fine brown tints in autumn. From early summer into autumn, the foliage is studded with upright 10cm (4in) spikes of rose red flowers which turn an attractive pale pink as they fade. Use persicaria for the front of a border or in light, dappled shade beneath shrubs, and particularly for growing over areas of spring bulbs. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Persicaria

Species: affinis

Cultivar: Superba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: September to May

Flowering period: July to October

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