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Persicaria 'Red Dragon'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Grown for its foliage rather than its flowers, 'Red Dragon' is an unusual herbaceous plant for the border or large containers. The sharply-pointed leaves are dark maroon in colour with a darker centre surrounded by a pale white band. It forms a handsome, upright clump and is happy on most soils in full sun or light shade. To achieve the best effects plant it with contrasting foliage plants such as silver-leaved plectranthus or golden leaved grasses. It also looks good in jungle planting schemes, where it associates well with cannas, bamboos and bananas.

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

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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