I'm amazed at how well it filled in this spot...
Loves water, but will do well without...
New growth in cooler weather is this brilliant purple and reds...
Common name: Smartweed, Knotweed, Fleeceflower
Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat)
Height x width: 24" x 30-40"
Growth rate: vigorous but not invasive as many other relatives (sterile so not seed invasive, non-stoloniferous so not root invasive)
Foliage: main feature of this cultivar, being deep burgundy in early spring with dark and mint or white-edged center ("chevron"); in summer may be a blend of burgundy, red and silver; color varies with temperature, being more intense in sun and heat; elongated heart-shaped 1-1.5" wide and 3-4" long; dark red stems and often pink central vein
Flowers: none significant
Hardiness: USDA zones 4-9
Soil: tolerates most including heavy clay
Light: sun or shade
Pests and problems: none significant
Landscape habit, uses: clump-forming; borders, accents, mixed containers, massed; effective combined with silver foliage such as Silver Mound Artemisia, yellow flowers such as from Coreopsis
Other interest: originated with Crystal Palace Perennials in Indiana, being introduced commercially through PlantHaven
Other culture: low maintenance
Propagation: cuttings, but license required for commercial propagation