Great Design Plants Landscape, Seattle
Persicaria 'Painter's Palette'
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Botanical name: Persicaria virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’ (syn. Tovara virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’) Common name: Painter’s Palette knotweed Origin: The species is native to the eastern U.S. and Asia, but Painter’s Palette is a garden variety Where it will grow: Hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit (USDA zones 4 to 8; find your zone) Water requirement: Medium Light requirement: I have found that partial shade is best, although several references suggest full sun also Mature size: 2 feet tall and wide but has a spreading habit Deer resistant and good ground cover
Painter’s Palette knotweed (Persicaria virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’) s isn’t the highly invasive knotweed but a better-behaved relative. quite vigorous and spreads by underground rhizomes as well as seed, especially in moist soil. Mottled green and cream foliage is splashed irregularly with raspberry shades, Painter’s Palette forms a mound of foliage, and an abundance of wiry stems of unusual red flowers rises above in midsummer. As an herbaceous perennial, it will die down in winter, which allows ephemeral spring-blooming bulbs to be tucked in underneath. deer tolerant. attracts butterflies. red flowers July/Aug
How to use it: As a ground cover where it will brighten up a shady spot under trees or tumbling down a stream bank In large containers as a colorful summer foliage plant The large oval leaves combine well with feathery ferns, bugleweed (Ajuga repens), dark-leaved coral bells (Heuchera spp) and bronze grasses, such as orange hair sedge (Carex testacea). Planting notes: Plant it in well-drained soil and water until established.