Long summer flowering period to go with warm colours
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'J.S Caliente' is a recent Belgian selection (2008) from breeder Jan Spruyt (J.S.), which differs from its close relatives in its:
- intense orangey-red colouring Very hot! Caliente!
- greater resistance to summer drought compared with other Persicaria amplexicaulis;
- dense, rounded clump of foliage which keeps in shape. Height: 50 cm, and
- a long summer flowering of fine coloured floral spikes. Height: 70 cm.
In the garden, we like to combine Persicaria amplexicaulis 'JS Caliente' with warm colours:
- grasses: Panicum virgatum 'Cardinal', Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
- summer flowering perennials: Potentilla 'Flambeau', Achillea millefolium 'Pomegranate', Knautia macedonica,
- and to keep it company until the first chilly spells : Echinacea 'Secret Affair', Schizostylis, Chrysanthemum 'Soir d'Orient', Chrysanthemum 'Jules La Graveur'
Grow in the sun (not scorching) or slight shade in ordinary soil that should not be too dry – if possible! Hardiness: -20 °C
Maintenance: At the beginning of spring and, in any case, before the new growth starts, mulch generously with mature compost and “spring-clean” the plant by trimming any old, dried leaves.
Persicaria amplexicaulis is a species native to the Himalayas – from Pakistan, Sikkim (India) to western China – where it grows at altitudes between 2000 m and 4800 m in thickets, meadows and along the banks of streams. Persicaria amplexicaulis was introduced into the United Kingdom by seeds sent to botanist Dr James Aitchison (1836 - 1898) at the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew in 1880.
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
- Flower colour: ruby
- Flowering period: summer flowers
® Unlicensed propagation prohibited.
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