Persicaria affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’
Persicaria affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’ is a resilient and attractive perennial ground cover that graces gardens with its enduring charm. Originating from the Himalayan region, this low-growing herbaceous plant is renowned for its vibrant foliage and captivating crimson-red flower spikes. The heart-shaped leaves provide an appealing backdrop to the main attraction—a profusion of bright red, bottlebrush-like flowers that bloom from late spring through summer. These blooms not only add a burst of colour but also attract pollinators to your garden.
‘Darjeeling Red’ is a robust and versatile ground cover, forming dense mats that suppress weeds and erosion. It thrives in various soil types and can adapt to both sunny and partially shaded areas. With minimal maintenance and a penchant for spreading, it’s an ideal choice for creating eye-catching, low-maintenance ground covers, edging, or container gardening, adding a touch of vivacity to any landscape.
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Care & Size Guidance
Caring for Persicaria affinis, commonly known as Himalayan bistort, is relatively simple. This resilient perennial ground cover thrives in well-drained soil and can tolerate a variety of soil types. It’s adaptable to both full sun and partial shade, making it versatile for different garden settings. While it’s drought-tolerant once established, regular watering during dry spells helps it to establish and maintain its lush appearance. Pruning after flowering can encourage compact growth and prevent it from becoming too leggy. As it spreads, it forms dense mats that suppress weeds, making it a valuable addition for ground cover and erosion control. With minimal maintenance, Persicaria affinis adds vibrant colour and texture to gardens and landscapes.
If given ample water, Persicara affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’ can spread quickly, but it is easily kept under control by pulling up the suckers which venture into surrounding soil. These can be discarded or potted up as new plants.