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Himalayan Fleeceflower
Scientific Name: Polygonum affine D.Don.
Synonym: Bistorta affinis, Persicaria affinis, Polygonum donianum
Family: Polygonaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-10, 14-17
USDA: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade

Origin: Himalayas, at 10000 to 16000 feet elevation (3000-4800 m)

Growth Habits: Low-growing herbaceous perennial, 8 to 10 inches tall (20-25 cm), 18 inches spread (45 cm); deep green, finely toothed, oblanceolate leaves, 2 to 4.5 inches (5-11cm) mostly basal

Watering Needs: Low to moderate water, well-drained soil

Propagation: Seed or division, spreads by trailing stems


  • 'Border Jewel': 4 inches tall (10 cm), small spikes of pale pink flowers. red foliage in autumn.
  • 'Darjeeling Red' : Deep pink flowers.
  • 'Dimity','Superbum': vigorous, compact ground cover, up to 6 inches tall (15 cm), whitish pink flowers, reddish spent spikes.

Blooming Habits:
Spikes of pink flowers, 1.2 to 3.2 inches long (3-8 cm), in late summer and early fall. The spike is reddish after the flowers have dropped.

Fruiting Habits:

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