Persicaria 'Red Dragon'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

Plant details

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' is an unusual herbaceous plant, grown for its foliage rather than flowers. Each leaf is sharply pointed, with maroon and green patterning and a pale white margin. It quickly develops into a handsome, upright clump.

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' is tolerant of a range of soils and will happily grow in sun or partial shade. To make the most of its foliage, grow alongside contrasting foliage plants such as silver-leaved plectranthus or golden leaved grasses. It also looks good in jungle planting schemes, where it makes the perfect partner to cannas, bamboos and bananas. Alternatively, grow it in a pot on the patio and display it in its own right.

Family: Polygonaceae

Genus: Persicaria

Cultivar: Red Dragon

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Purple, Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant: May to June

Reader reviews


Thank you I adore dragon folklore and the name of this plant intrigued me many thanks


Colour is better if planted in partial shade. Flowers are tiny but enhance the overall appearance. Will create a nice clump which will lean out from the crown.

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