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Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’
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Red Dragon Persicaria

Persicaria microcephala Red Dragon
Persicaria microcephala Red Dragon

Persicaria

Knotweed

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.

Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ full sun  partial shade

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)

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ (P-0859)
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