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Jul 30, 2014 2:26 PM

What is this dock type plant?

Just found this plant whilst walking the puppy. It's leaves are dock like, but it has tall deep pink flowers.  I cant id it as a wild flower, so it may be a garden escapee. Any iseas?

 

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    Aug 14, 2014 5:14 PM (in response to AmandaB)
    Re: What is this dock type plant?

    Hi Amanda,

    it is a garden Persicaria, probably P. amplexicaulis "Firetail" or something very like it...

     

    Cheers,

    Jen

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        Aug 14, 2014 8:21 PM (in response to AmandaB)
        Re: What is this dock type plant?

        I have not grown P. amplexicaulis for years, but I remember it was a firm favourite of common wasps.

         

        Mike

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            Aug 15, 2014 10:52 AM (in response to AmandaB)
            Re: What is this dock type plant?

            From my perspective, the wasps were not a problem; it was just an observation. But it is subjective, of course.

            Actually, I would have thought it easier to propagate from pieces of rhizome.

            I wonder if you will notice wasps on it in future, now I've primed your observations.

             

            Mike

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                Aug 19, 2014 8:54 PM (in response to AmandaB)
                Re: What is this dock type plant?

                Amanda,

                 

                Thanks for your feedback.

                My observation about wasps relates to these plants in various parts of Surrey and Hampshire.

                Maybe it is a time of year thing. This link suggests it may be late-season behaviour

                - http://www.specialperennials.com/Gardens/wasps.htm (note also how wasps eat greenfly)

                 

                At least I am not alone:

                '...I grow persicaria firetail and it soon develops into a really strong plant and spreads,... The strange thing is that the persicaria seems to attract wasps by the dozen.....has anyone else had this problem??'

                and

                'Don't know if that is peculiar to P. firetail Andrea. I've certainly never noticed it with Red dragon and, being allergic to wasp stings I think I would.'

                but then

                '...no Andrea I dont get wasps attracted to my firetail.'

                (http://www.growsonyou.com/question/show/5791-persicaria)

                 

                Mike

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