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Stockport Express - - Leisure -

●●Per­si­caria affi­nis ‘Su­perba’ PER­SI­CARIA has a bit of a rep­u­ta­tion – its com­mon name is knotweed, and many re­gard it as just that – weedy and in­va­sive.

You do need to be care­ful about which species you se­lect, but ‘Su­perba’ lives up to its name. It’s a low-grow­ing, mat-form­ing peren­nial with pink flow­ers deep­en­ing to crim­son.

The flow­ers last well into au­tumn and the deep green leaves turn bronze.

It’s very good as ground cover so long as your soil doesn’t dry out – it re­ally prefers moist or poorly drained soil.

It’s a good choice for wildlife-friendly gar­den­ers as it pro­vides late pollen for bees and but­ter­flies, and birds eat the flower seeds.

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