Bistort

Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon' (PBR)

Bistort - Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon' (PBR)

Common Name: Bistort
Genus: Persicaria
Species: microcephala
Cultivar: 'Red Dragon' (PBR)

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/Silver, Purple, RedFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained or Boggy, poorly drained

An unusual variety of bistort grown for its dramatic foliage that changes colour with the seasons. In spring its velvety burgundy-plum long heart-shaped leaves are set off by a silvery metallic chevron-shaped marking which gradually turns red as the foliage becomes greener. It is fairly vigorous though not invasive and forms a natural mound with sprays of tiny white flowers in late summer. Try it as an eyecatching groundcover, plant in moist even boggy soil or beside water or as a handsome plant in a container.

  • Garden care: Keep well watered unless the soil is naturally moist. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring or autumn.



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