Common name: Great White Fleece
Flower; Giant Fleece Flower
From a fist-size division Persicaria polymorpha should
give you a blooming plant in the first season. The
next spring it will burst out of the ground and be
in bloom with the iris in late May. It will continue
to pump out blooms into August, and if you don't mind
tan-coloured flowers, you can consider it to be in
bloom until September.
Try using Persicaria as a specimen plant in a large
lawn and you will have people stopping to to ask the
name of the beautiful plant.
Ideal conditions: best in moist
fertile soil; full or half day sun; with some protection
from high wind; very drought tolerant once established
Ideas and companions:
- this highly ornamental plant can be
used at the front door of a residence, where it
can be viewed both from the inside and the outside.
- almost any of the true grasses will
complement Persicaria, particularly the Miscanthus
Flowers: 150-200cm (5-7'); fleecy
creamy white, profuse blooms; late May or early June
Coldest zone: 3 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: while blooming,
fall colour and winter
When to divide: spring; include
a piece of the stem when taking divisions
Notes: even with its thick roots
(like branching carrots), polymorpha is not invasive.
In wet climates, it may flop the first few seasons,
but in time will be a sturdy and impressive plant
measuring approximately 150 cm x 150 cm (5' x 5').
Muriel's notes: Jim gave me one
in 2003. The first year it was a nice plant but the
second year it was sensational! This plant started
blooming when the irises were still in bloom and went
on almost until frost. My garden was on the garden
tour the next year and it and Elymus
magellanicus were the plants most often asked
about. It has no problem remained upright in my garden.
Another thing worth mentioning is that in 2004 it
was very slow to poke its head out
of the soil in the spring. I thought it had died.
However, once it started to grow one had to get out
of the way!
I see that in 2005 it is showing signs of life as
early as any other plant.
gallon sized field clumps
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