Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon' PP 12,062 (Red Dragon Fleece Flower)
Zone: 5a to 9b,at least
Height: 36" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
The late Midwest US plantsman Greg Speichert introduced this fabulous perennial which emerges in spring with dark burgundy-red stems that form a 3-4' tall x 4-5' wide plant. Each stem is lined with exquisite, tricolor, chevron-patterned leaves of purple, silver, and green. From midsummer through fall, the tips of the plant are covered in tiny, white baby's breath-like flowers. Persicaria 'Red Dragon' is great in the perennial border as well as in a mixed container planting. In climates with hot nights, the intensity of the leaf coloration will not be as dramatic. Persicaria 'Red Dragon' is not a runner, but tips that touch the ground may root if the soil is moist.