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Persicaria Red Dragon

I had this in the south for many years & took a few cuttings. One survived the winter in the garage, I took a cutting, then the parent died. The cutting (in a pot) was fine till it got too dry in the summer - the foliage keeled over. Most plants would just revive with water but it didn't; fortunately I took 3 cuttings before it completely expired. 

I've planted one in a raised bed that gets sun for about 8 months of the year, I thought the garage for the other 2 over the winter.

What conditions do they like? I tried the RHS site but only get up the microcephela type, growing to .1 to .5 metre, ours was about 5 foot & can't find a reference to a taller one.

Thanks for any advice.




  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,104

    It certainly thrives here in our well drained soil. Never had any trouble with it not survivng the winter either.

  • XX Posts: 707

    Thrives here as well, NW coast of England, sandy soil.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Red Dragon is subject to plant breeder's rights and I can only find a short variety in any catalogue. Are you certain that it was a Red Dragon?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,704

    Survives well in a cold garden in Sheffield. New growth is often hit by frost but always seems to recover. I have divided my original plant several times and it seems to thrive on it.

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  • Sorry Waterbutts, I can't get quote to work, but it was definitely was labelled as such, but I can only find short ones online too. The parent was bought maybe 25 years ago, so much breeding done since then!

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    It grows well here in Fife, too well. It is as Verdun has said very easy to propagate - I literally just put them in the ground or root in a vase of water and the roots pop out in 2 weeks. It has not got to 5ft here has a habit of snapping in winds for me. Caterpillars seem to like the leaves as well. I just leave it outside - perhaps it is hardier than you think Jeannie? Unless you live in Cairngorm or some other really cold place?

  • LiznessLizness Posts: 79

    I have been told it isn't hardy in North East at 800ft

  • Thanks for the help folks, I'll cossett one & treat the others mean!image  We're at sea level near the Beauly Firth, so mild compared to places 30 miles south.

    They're certainly easy to propagate, & I just like the lovely markings on the leaves.

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