Red Dragon Persicaria
Poor Persicaria! Certain weedy, invasive members of the genus have given the rest a bad name, and discouraged gardeners from getting to know these versatile performers. Our garden-worthy selections are happiest in semishade with ample moisture.
AVAILABLE END OF SEPTEMBER 2018
Darkly alluring, this sumptuous perennial has plenty of reason to be “big headed,” so we find the epithet microcephala a somewhat dubious observation. Each spring, deep red shoots emerge and lift themselves into a graceful arching form. Velvety leaves of a rich burgundy purple are dramatically marked with lance-shaped mint-green and silver chevrons, and later in the season are topped with delicate white flowers.
Visually arresting anywhere, plant ‘Red Dragon’ in a container or in the garden and let its gemlike elegance be set off by bright-leafed Spiraea ‘Magic Carpet’. It prefers moist soil, but can adapt to drier conditions.(PP# 12,062)
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Persicaria affinis ‘Dimity’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Fat Domino’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Atrosanguinea’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Blackfield’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Golden Arrow’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Inverleith’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Orange field’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Summer Dance’
- Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’
- Persicaria bistorta ‘Hohe Tatra’
- Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’