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Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'

25th October 2012

Amazing burgundy leaves that shine bright red with the sun behind them. In a matter of a few years it has gone from being the darling of the exotic fringe to the thug of suburbia. That's Persicaria for you.
In the border it sprawls and rambles around a bit but it doesn't seem to root as it goes, so it is easily contained. The vigorous upright stems in the early summer are wonderful and the white flowers are produced until the first frost.
I am rather fond of it, but I have seen it mass planted on a steep bank (probably in the enthusiasm of its early introduction) and it was indistinctly tedious.

9th May 2015

18th March 2017