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Fire Tail Fleeceflower

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fire Tail'

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Fire Tail Fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fire Tail') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Fire Tail Fleeceflower in bloom

Fire Tail Fleeceflower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fire Tail Fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fire Tail') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Fire Tail Fleeceflower flowers

Fire Tail Fleeceflower flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fire Tail Fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fire Tail') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Fire Tail Fleeceflower flowers

Fire Tail Fleeceflower flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Knotweed, Snakeweed, Polygonum

Ornamental Features

Fire Tail Fleeceflower has masses of beautiful spikes of crimson flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fire Tail Fleeceflower is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Fire Tail Fleeceflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Fire Tail Fleeceflower will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Bog 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features

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