Monday, 28 September 2009
This American species is not that often offered, possibly because the flowers are quite small bright red filaments and appear in Autumn. A magnificent foliage plant though - as good as many of the tropical Calatheas and Marantas (prayer plants). The leaf surface has a real lustre - richly coloured and with an odd black chevron - I know not why.
A good solid perennial for any soil in sun or semi shade. Height up to 4ft and not at all invasive.
The red filamentous inflorescences are produced earlier, in late summer/early autumn. It does seed about a little but in a good way. Very adaptable but best on moist soils
Persicaria filamentosa Guizhou Bronze PAB 9127
A recently introduced form with richly textured bronzed leaves and a less conspicuous chevron