Perplexed by per­si­caria

Amateur Gardening - - Ask Anne! -

Q What is this plant, and does it need spe­cial win­ter care? Mrs Pi­geon (via email)

A The mys­tery plant is Per­si­caria ‘Red Dragon’. A fully hardy, shade­lov­ing stal­wart and su­perb drought re­sister, its brightly coloured leaves are fab­u­lous. It has no vices and romps in sandy or heavy clay soils.

Eas­ily prop­a­gated from di­vi­sions of the root­stock in spring, when basal buds are burst­ing, it makes a gar­den look ex­tremely spe­cial.

Per­si­caria is an easy plant to cul­ti­vate

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