PERSICARIA affinis 'Darjeeling Red'

Part shade
Moisture retentive soil
Reasonable soil
RHS Award of Garden Merit
Pot Size


Height x Spread:  45cm x 60cm

Persicaria is currently enjoying a revival and for good reason.  'Darjeeling Red' is a fabulous variety with willowy poker-like flowers, pale pink on opening fading to dark red, above a carpet of long narrow leaves.  The semi-evergreen foliage puts on a display all of its own, with red autumnal tints turning bronze in winter. 

Earlier flowering than P. affinis 'Donald Lowndes', its dense spikes start to appear in late June, carrying on until September.  Very unfussy, tough and easy to grow, it looks wonderful planted in groups at the front of a border or along a path.  Resistant to salt air and able to cope with lighter, dry soils, it would be happy in a coastal garden, but its ideal conditions are a moist soil in sun or part shade, where it will gleefully spread.  Wear gloves when handling as it can be a skin irritant.