Persicaria sinuata Edward Needham Collection
25 seeds per packet.
A perennial, dwarf alpine species brought back from Nepal by plant explorer, Edward Needham. It came to us as P. runcinata 'Needham's Form' but we have never been happy with this species' name and, after many attempts over the years, we have finally found that its true identity is P. sinuata. Forms a neat carpet of unusual foliage with small, charming, pink, round flower heads. Flowering late spring into late autumn. Height 12 cm. Average to moist, well-drained soil in sun to light shade.
Sow upon receipt (best in autumn). Cover seed thinly, press in gently and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep pot outdoors or in cold frame over winter. Seeds germinate in spring.
Alternatively, if seeds can’t be sown in autumn use the following method: mix seeds with damp vermiculite and place inside a ziplock bag, keep bag somewhere warm for 3 weeks, then place in fridge (not freezer) for 8 weeks. Next spread mixture on top of a pot, thinly cover with compost or grit and keep warm at 15 to 20°C until germination, then move to somewhere cooler.
Carefully prick out seedlings when they have developed true leaves and are large enough to transplant to individual pots for growing on.