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Is bistort meant to go brown?

Last summer I bought a bistort plant from an 'open garden' event nearby, planted it in a sunny border and it grew bigger and spread - just the way I had hoped. Now all its leaves are brown. I have tried looking on various sites and in my trusty garden books but can't find out if they are meant to do this in winter. HELP!!!

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Mine disappears completely in winterimage

  • BigbarbBigbarb Posts: 54

    Oh THANK YOU image

  • I've also found that they do better given a bit of shade ( for me anyway )image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Mine do better in shade as well but I think in moist soil they can cope with more sun.

  • BigbarbBigbarb Posts: 54

    Hmmmmm... I wonder if I should rehome it under the tree then... but the poor thing will have only just settled after being planted - oh decisions decisionsimage

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  • If it is doing well other than naturally dying down in winter, I'd leave well alone Bigbarb.

    If you are concerned, just take a root off, pot him up and then you will have at least something to replantimage

  • BigbarbBigbarb Posts: 54

    Good idea.. not sure there is more than one root as it wasn't very big when it went in... will investigate tomorrow. Thanks again for all the help image

  • Kate 7Kate 7 Posts: 96

    Some of them grow easily from cuttings. This is better than constant moving. They do well here in wet cold shropshire clay.

  • Thanks Kate 7 not too sure what you would call the soil they are in :-/

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