Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’

Common Name: Red Dragon Persicaria

Family: Polygonaceae

Origin: China

Type: Perennial

Size: 30"h x 36"w

Exposure: Sun, Partial Shade

Zones: Zone 6-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

Red Dragon Persicaria is a cool perennial with interesting white flowers that attract butterflies. However, the reason gardeners everywhere like to grow it is for its gorgeous foliage. The leaves have attractive tones of dark burgundy, silver and green arranged in a chevron pattern. There is even more burgundy-red coloring in spring and fall. A well-behaved plant, it is sterile (no seeds), clumping rather than running and it is not fed upon by deer or rabbits. Red Dragon Persicaria was developed by the late Greg Speichart of Indiana in 1997. Persicarias are sometimes called knotweeds due to the swollen nodes along their stems.