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Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
This plant does great here in Gainesville, GA (zone 7a). I put in three plants last fall in a morning dappled sun/afternoon shade site under a crabapple tree. The three are now a mound 6 - 7 feet across and 2 to 21/2 feet high, they have been blooming nonstop since early summer and have showed no signs of stress during our August dog-days heat.
On Feb 27, 2012, RustyB from Mandeville, LA wrote:
Plant grows well here (Abita Springs, LA. - Zone 9A). Requires partial shade, but little else. Tends to become leggy by mid-summer, but responds to a little trimming. Requires no special protection for freezing temperatures.
On Aug 9, 2010, DearSandra from Coos Bay, OR wrote:
I love this plant. I live in southern coastal Oregon. I got my first one 5-6 years ago. It has made it through some very freezing weather (23 last winter for over a week). I liked it so much I tried to propagate it in water....instant wilt, no luck. But later I bought some from a lady on EBAY and figured if she could propagate them then, DAMMIT, so could I....lol. I trimmed them one day and took all the 12 inch cuttings, removed the tip growth, stripped all but 1 set of leaves off and burried the stems in shallow trenches directly in the planting bed. I'll be darned, they rooted right there! I have an embankment mixed with those and some green and some yellow plants. It looks stunning all summer. The deer eat it, but only the edges of the bed and the plant doesn't seem to mind losing a little, it just gets stronger. They're striking. I think it's one of my favorite plants. I just wish it didn't wilt in water, they would make such great filler in boquets.
----Sandra, Coos Bay, OR
On Jul 30, 2009, vailvillager from Vail, IA wrote:
This plant does produce tiny flowers and viable seeds. The seed collecting info stated in description is incorrect. The minute flowers have been reseeding in my USDA Zone 4 display gardens for more than 10 years!
On Jun 2, 2009, kaneary from Pleasant Hill, CA wrote:
I bought one of these plants and planted it several years ago on my shady hillside (clay soil here in the East Bay, CA) and it doesn't get much water so it stayed kind of leggy but is still there. I took a cutting, placed it in some water only (back when I didn't know how to do real cuttings) it grew some roots so I planted it on the side of my house where I have a small planting area between the window and walkway. It gets quite a bit of water and full sun there, and boy it really took off and I now can not keep that thing from growing! It has been 3 years now and I am still constantly cutting it back to keep it off of the walkway. It is beautiful, and most of the year always seems to be in bloom here, but it is annoying that it grows so fast. Interestingly enough, I have noticed little babies popping up on the OTHER side of the house... animals??
On Jan 19, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
although this is called invasive, i have no trouble keeping it in check.
it's very easy to pull out, just my opinion..... PLUS, it grows fast, in the shade no less, and the colors are great. what more could ya ask for ?
On Jan 5, 2007, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I am in zone 5A and I planted three of these in the fall of 2005. Not a single one made it through their first winter and they weren't in a particularly vulnerable spot, either. The nursery where I bought them said that they are advertised as being hardy to zone 5, but they have had varied results from their customers. I loved the looks of them, but I won't try them again.
On Sep 17, 2006, CamdenGardenVillage from Camden, NJ wrote:
I bought the plant in the Fall when all its leaves had fallen off because I liked the bare stems with the white flowers. It came back in the Spring and has been doing really well but now, in September, it's attracting hundreds of little flies. They haven't been annoying but it is a little gross to admire it and suddenly notice the hundreds of flies all over it. I'm probably going to rip it out because of that but it was a cool experiment nonetheless.
My information says that it is hardy in zones 3-8.
The more light it receives, the lighter the foliage becomes. Not one of my favorite plants, but nice for a shady area that doesn't get a lot of water. Blooms June-October in my garden, but the blooms are insignificant. PP #12949
On May 19, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
The 'Red Dragon' seeds are supposed to be sterile according to several descriptions I have read. It is also supposed to be non-stoloniferous so it's not supposed to be root invasive.
I love plants that change leaf colors during the year. In spring, the leaves are deep burgundy/plum with mint and silver colored chevrons. While in summer, they turn greener with a red leaf margin and a red chevron. It has done well in a container for the past few months. I have just planted it in the ground so I will not post any other comments until I have determined how well it performs.
Update: August 9, this plant has grown tremendously and is really beautiful. The blooms are small, but being in clusters and white, they show up well.
On May 18, 2004, DeeGoods from Saint Clair Shores, MI wrote:
I love this plant, it is so dramatic....but, I've planted it twice in two different locations, my first plant did not come back the next year. It was located in a partial sun location. It was a beautiful plant though. Last year I planted in a mostly sunny location, it was huge, 2 feet high, with at least 3 feet spread....but again it didn't come back this year. The reason why I'm giving it a postive- the plant seeded at least a half a dozen babies for me. Hopefully I will have more luck with those! It is a beautiful plant. (I am in zone 6 in Michigan)
On Jul 8, 2003, phalvorson from Panama City, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
We live in the Florida panhandle (zone 8b). We planted Red Dragon in a shady landscape island in our front lawn about 3 months ago. They get regular watering and have been doing very well. Some persicarias have been classified as invasive, but so far these have not tried to expand outside of the current planting area. Each plant has grown wider rather than taller, with the norm being about 2.5' high by 2' across. It is very easy to take small cuttings and put them in the ground to propagate this plant. Note that overwatering causes fungus infection to appear on the leaves.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Gadsden, Alabama Carpinteria, California Clayton, California Fairfield, California Magalia, California Menlo Park, California Merced, California Pleasant Hill, California Sand City, California Golden, Colorado Laurel, Delaware Atlantic Beach, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Pensacola, Florida Pretty Bayou, Florida Augusta, Georgia Blackshear, Georgia Douglas, Georgia Gainesville, Georgia Thomasville, Georgia Washington, Illinois Oak Park, Indiana Vail, Iowa Ewing, Kentucky Flemingsburg, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mandeville, Louisiana Fallston, Maryland Upton, Massachusetts St Clair Shores, Michigan Leakesville, Mississippi Hoberg, Missouri Camden, New Jersey Clearbrook Park, New Jersey Elizabeth City, North Carolina Bay Village, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Bunker Hill, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Lincolnville, South Carolina Clarksville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Maryville, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Colleyville, Texas Dallas, Texas Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports) Houston, Texas (2 reports) Jacksonville, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Winnsboro, Texas Lexington, Virginia Arlington, Washington Kalama, Washington Olympia, Washington Seattle, Washington (2 reports) Spokane, Washington Cross Lanes, West Virginia