perennial

Red Dragon Fleeceflower*

Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'

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Red Dragon Fleeceflower (Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Red Dragon Fleeceflower foliage

Red Dragon Fleeceflower foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Red Dragon Fleeceflower (Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Red Dragon Fleeceflower foliage

Red Dragon Fleeceflower foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Knotweed, Polygonum

Description:

A daring foliage perennial; pointy heart shaped leaves are copper-green at the edges, with a silvery V shaped marking and a deep purple streak; flowers are almost an afterthought; an exceptional choice for season-long color in a garden composition

Ornamental Features

Red Dragon Fleeceflower has masses of beautiful spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large pointy leaves remain coppery-bronze in colour with prominent deep purple stripes and tinges of white throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Dragon Fleeceflower is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Red Dragon Fleeceflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Red Dragon Fleeceflower will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Red Dragon Fleeceflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

At Shelmerdine, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT" meaning that it is not recognized as winter-hardy in our Zone 3 climate. However, there is a possibility that it could survive winter. Regardless of whether it survives a winter or not, this plant is only warrantied until Nov. 1 of its season of purchase.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

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7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
Fax: 204.895.4372
Email: info@shelmerdine.com