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Persicaria runcinata Needham’s form

A Conservation Scheme Plant

Date Introduced
2017

Introduced by
Shropshire Group

Reason for Inclusion
Brought to UK from Nepal by plant explorer, Edward Needham, of Tregye Gardens in Cornwall and introduced to cultivation by John Carter of Rowden Gardens, Devon in 1990’s. It is possibly a hybrid that occurred naturally.

Verification
Purchased from Bide-a-Wee Cottage Nursery and matches images on the internet.

Brief description of plant
Compact plant, semi-evergreen trailing plant.

Height x Spread
15cm x 60cm

Flowers
Tiny bell-shaped clear pink flowers are held in almost spherical clusters, 0.5cm-1cm across, on trailing reddish stems and borne over a long period.

Foliage
Mid-green, semi-evergreen leaves on red stems. Leaf blades are pinnatifid, with triangular terminal lobe

Flowering Time
May - Nov

Soil type
Acidic to neutral rich soil that is consistently moist, but not water-logged.

Aspect
Full sun or part-shade

Pests and diseases
Generally no problems.

Cultivation
Can tolerate a shaded position but flowers best with some sun and shelter from drying winds.

Propagation
Stems form roots at nodes where it is good contact with the ground. New plants can then be separated from the parent plant to grow on.


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