Bistort, Persicaria bistorta subsp. carnea

Persicaria bistorta subsp. carnea

Bistort

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Persicaria bistorta subsp. carnea
  • Common name: Bistort
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

Persicaria bistorta subsp. carnea is beautiful herbaceous perennial, widely considered a more elegant and pared back version of Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’. It bears short spikes of rosy pink flowers over clumps of rich green leaves, throughout summer and well into autumn. Quick to spread, it’s ideal for using as ground cover in sun or partial shade, and its blooms are loved by bees and other pollinators.

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Grow Persicaria bistorta subsp. carnea in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut back after flowering and divide congested clumps every three years. 

How to grow Persicaria bistorta

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do not Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do Cut back in October

Do Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Persicaria bistorta and wildlife

Persicaria bistorta is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Persicaria bistorta poisonous?

Persicaria bistorta has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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