Persicaria affinis darjeeling red

Persicaria affinis darjeeling red.

Finally, I have started to use the new name for (Polygonum)

Persicaria affinis darjeeling red

It’s not exactly a plant that would excite enthusiasts.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to tickle my fancy, and in any case its common and popular because its such a great garden plant.

Performance in our Fife garden

(Persicaria affinis darjeeling) red, bloomed in our Fife garden last year, from late June, non-stop until mid-November. Seems like the cooler Scottish weather has no ill effect on the perennials.

Persicaria affinis darjeeling red

Being a bit of a spreader I did have to keep it in check a little.

I have a large new border planned for this year where darjeeling red may come in very handy.

Persicaria affinis darjeeling red

Plant details

This matt forming semi-evergreen perennial has dark green lance-shaped foliage. The pale pink flowers emerge in late June early July. As they age the blooms change to a brick red colour, giving a great show with pink and red flowers blooming profusely at the same time.

Darjeeling red really is a terrific groundcover plant keeping down the weeds and looking so good in Summer.

Previously known as Polygonum and with the common name of knotweed (don’t let that put you off) Darjeeling red is freely available.

Persicaria affinis darjeeling red

• Height – 25cm – spread – 8ocm eventually

• Hardiness – fully hardy to minus 15c

• Flowering – blooms from late June, often till late Autumn

• Position – full sun/partial shade

• Soil – grows well in most soil types which are moist and free draining

• RHS award of garden merit

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In the garden

I had  recently been saying to my brother, apparently it seldom snows in the East coast of Fife where we are living.

well, what would you expect!

It has taken a while for the birds to find us. Gold finches enjoying sunflower hearts.

Goldfinches in our Fife garden

Hmm, not sure about all these starlings. 

starlings in our Fife garden

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16 thoughts on “Persicaria affinis darjeeling red

  1. Alistair, I did smile when I saw the photo of the starlings! What a great pic it is. I love starlings but unfortunately their numbers here in Bedfordshire appear to be declining.Your periscaria is stunning, I have them in my garden and they are reliable little performers.

  2. Im all for “doers” in the garden. Persicarias Blackfield, Fats Domino, Orangefield and Dikke Floskes feature here for months.

  3. I suppose this is a cousin to Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ that grows in my own garden. but completely different looking plants! Since ‘Red Dragon’ does well here, I wonder if that means your Persicaria affinis darjeeling would also grow for me? I love its beautiful color.

  4. I have admired Persicaria for sometime, but have been fearful to try it knowing that it has a reputation for spreading. How long have you had ‘Darjeeling red’, I wonder? I find it is not until the third year that a perennial shows it’s true colors and really starts to spread. I have to say that the flowers on this cultivar are really nice and big. The dark magenta flower buds are a nice contrast with the pale pink flowers. I’d love to think of this plant for my garden.

    1. Hi Jennifer, this is year one of the Persicaria. Yes, it is a spreader and I will have to keep it under control, fabulous if you want it for ground cover. The young flowers of this one are pale pink and turn red as they age.

  5. Hello Alistair from chilly Canada .. I’m in south eastern Ontario, (Kingston) by lake Ontario ..
    I won’t go on about how my father’s family came from Scotland in the 18th century and all that good stuff .. wink wink …
    Some plants get a bad rap because they aren’t new and fashionable, but I have never been one for that.
    If a plant rings my bell it doesn’t matter where it stands on the OMG scale ? haha
    You took wonderful pictures of this one and it IS very pretty !
    When plants do well in our gardens they have to make us smile .. one of my longest lived plants was a plain (but gorgeous to me) Blue Fortune anise hyssop .. what would be considered a “common” plant.
    It lived for over 14 years in my garden looking and smelling wonderful .. when I went to move it one Spring it tossed in the towel (I should have left it alone) .. so now I am getting one or two more again because the bees, other beneficial insects and hummers loved it as well.
    So I say congratulations to plants that are happy in our gardens and long may they live !
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it ! : )

  6. hello Alistair, I remember you saying your wife was not happy in England, I gather time didn’t help, glad to hear she is feeling better now, Frances

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