knotweed ‘Firedance’

A trendy cultivar from Piet Oudolf that is far from this species’ weedy reputation! It creates a dancing affect in gardens on windy days.

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firedance’ (Knotweed ‘Firedance’) is a cultivar from Piet Oudolf that is native to the Himalayas, China, and Pakistan. It holds tiny rose red flowers that bloom June to September on narrow pencil-thin, long-stalked spikes. The leaves are often multi-colored and often marked with dark circles and silver chevrons.

Plants of this genus (Persicaria) are known commonly as smartweed, knotweed, fleece flower, or buckwheat.

Botanical Name Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firedance’
Common Name knotweed ‘Firedance’
Family Polygonaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 1.5-2.5ft (60-90cm x 45-75cm)
Flower Color Red
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: Himalayas. Introduced by Piet Oudolf.
Location in Lurie Garden Southeast Dark Plate, East Dark Plate


Average Flowering Time