Monday, August 13, 2007

Polygonum bistorta 'Superbum'

Polygonum bistorta 'Superbum'
(pol-LIG-go-num) (bis-TOR-tuh)
Synonyms: Adderwort, Dragonwort, Easter giant, Snakeweed, Easter Ledges

I saw this plant growing and blooming at Wave Hill a couple of weeks ago. It kind of looked like a weedy perennial but the flowers made up for that. The number and shape of the flowers was interesting. The color was not fantastic but it was not unattractive. The foliage is a nice color green. It looks like this plant would make a good ground cover in a rough area. The family, Polygonaceae, has some noxious weeds included in it but also a few plants that I enjoy. Mountain Fleece (Persicaria amplexicaulis) and Himalayan Fleece Flower (Persicaria affinis 'Border Jewel') are two good ones.


Ki said...

Interesting flower form especially when massed like it is in the photo. Must be very eyecatching.

david mcmahon said...

Adding you to my Technorati favourites!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I think that is the key to this one, having a lot. It becomes a little geometric almost.

dave, thanks.