Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Blotau’ TAURUS ™

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mountain fleece

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This choice selection of mountain fleece was selected for its intense deep crimson red flower spikes that flower from mid-summer to mid-autumn, longer than most forms. In full sun the richly colored flowers do not fade. It also grows more compact, only reaching about 3 feet tall. In fall as the flowers begin to fade the foliage develops lovely red and orange tints adding interest to the fall garden. It is very easy to grow and is not aggressive or weedy.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering or frequent is the soil is sandy

Seasonal Interest: The bold foliage and flowers look great from summer through mid-autumn.

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: slug

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Rodgersia podophyllum, Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’, Cornus alba ‘Hedgerows Gold’, Oxydendrum arboreum, Taxodium disticum var. imbricatum ‘Nutans’

Great Color Contrasts: blue, burgundy, purple, yellow

Great Color Partners: dark green, orange, pink, red

Culture Notes
Mountain fleece grows best in full sun to light or open shade. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils from sand to clay and it will tolerate wet locations. Water at least once a week during the summer, but if grown in well-drained or sandy soils it will need more frequent watering, perhaps two to three times a week during dry weather. In fall once the flowers and foliage have faded it can be cut to the ground.