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Polygonum orientale

Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height1.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPink to purple, white

Description

Polygonum orientale (Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate). This species of annual will grow to 1.5m with stout branching stems and broadly ovate leaves about 10-20cm. The flowers are borne in dense branched nodding spikes that are pink to purple or white from late summer to early autumn.

Characteristics

Annual, Deciduous or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Knotweed, Prince's feather

Interest and use

Can be used for ground cover, edging or rock gardens. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and will tolerate sun or shade in well drained soil.

Propagation

Seed or division in autumn or spring, climbers only by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

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