Wednesday 19 June 2024

A Posh Garden Cousin Of Knotweed.


 I made about twenty new Persicaria "Red Dragon" plants a few weeks ago.

It's a cousin of Japanese Knotweed but it is not invasive at all.

The beautiful Japanese Acers are cousins of the Sycamore.  

Persicaria is a native of the Himalayas and China.    I like it for its red/ purple foliage.

Anyone else propagate perennials for an hobby?

8 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever seen this. Impressive leaves.

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  2. I hadn't until recently Linda. It's got a Greek sounding name. I think it means small leaves. It dies back in winter. I like it.

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  3. That's a new one to me too. I like it.

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  4. It's different JayCee. I intend to build up a collection of them in my homegrown perennials nursery.

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  5. Acer foliage is lovely - almost otherworldly - but what sort of soil would you recommend for them Mr Flowerpot?

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  6. Ericaceous compost and John Innes number 2 or 3 suits them fine Mr Pudding.

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  7. Nice - my only persicaria is a creeping one that keeps trying to take over the lawn (or what passes for a lawn). No I lie - I also have bistort, but that has kept to itself for all the years I have had the garden - nice pink flowers in a dark corner.

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  8. Thanks Tigger's Mum. My lawns disappeared under black plastic sheeting and is covered with perennials and shrubs in secondhand plant pots. The rabbits in the rabbit run keep the lawn clipped at the other side of the garden. Lawns are so labour intensive.

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