The tiny flowers of this unusual plant add interest to the Mediterranean Beds.
Polygonum scoparium is an unassuming plant which sits quietly amongst more showy neighbours for much of the year, but in autumn it brings late season flower and scent to the garden. An evergreen perennial with glaucous, cylindrical and whippy stems to 90 cm in height, it resembles the horsetails. Dainty white, five-petalled flowers are borne along the length of the stems in late summer and autumn. A native of Corsica and Sardinia, it enjoys a warm, dry and well-drained position in alkaline soils. P. scoparium is a member of the rhubarb family, Polygonaceae.