Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'

Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’


  • Botanical name: Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'
  • Common name: Persicaria
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Persicaria microcephala ‘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 microcephala ‘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.

How to grow Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

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Persicaria 'Red Dragon' and wildlife

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Persicaria 'Red Dragon' poisonous?

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People