Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’

Scientific name: Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’


Common names: “Knotweed ‘Red Dragon'”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 4-9

Light: Morning sun only best – full shade, pales in strong sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Better in rich soil but handles clay

Moisture: Moist well drained best, handles dry conditions


Plant Size: H 18-36″ W 18-24″ , clump forming

Leaf and Stem shape: Lance-shaped, purplish-green leaves with a bold central splash of purple bordered by a silver chevron marking

Flower: Rounded clusters of tiny white flowers in late summer and autumn

Pruning: N/a

Maintenance: Cut back in autumn

Landscape use: Banks and slopes, groundcover, informal, cottage garden, foliage plant

Propagate: By stem tip cuttings and division, divide early in season only

Pests & Disease: None

*Appears to be deer resistant

Comments: Not a vigorous spreader but will grow back from roots and stems left behind if not completely removed, does not handle foot traffic


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