Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow'
Common Name: mountain fleece
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Polygonaceae
Zone: 4 to 7
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to October
Bloom Description: Dark red
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer

Culture

Best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Will grow in both sun and shade as long as soils are kept consistently moist. Tolerates wet soils. In optimum growing conditions, this plant can spread in the garden by both rhizomes and self-seeding. Best sited in a location where it has room to spread. Plants perform best when protected from strong winds.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Golden Arrow’ is a vigorous perennial that is grown for its golden foliage and cardinal red summer flowers. It typically forms a spreading foliage mound 18-24” tall and as wide. Broad, lance-shaped, golden green leaves (to 10” long). Slender, tassel-like, erect spikes of tiny, dark red flowers appear in mid to late summer (sometimes to frost). Sheathed stem joints are a distinctive characteristic of all plants in this genus. Persicaria amplexicaulis is synonymous with and formerly known as Polygonum amplexicaule.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Although not too aggressive, this plant needs space to spread in the garden.

Garden Uses

Mass in shade, woodland or cottage gardens. Also may be used in borders.