The Q&A Archives: Info On Polygonum, Magic Carpet

Question: I have bought a plant with the botanical name of polygonum, common name magic carpet. Could you provide me with any information you would have about this plant? Is it invasive? Thank you for your assistance.

Answer: Magic Carpet is Polygonum capitatum, a perennial growing 2"-3" high and as wide as it has room to spread. It prefers moist, well draining soil and grows equally well in full sun to part shade. It's used as a ground cover and the beautiful variegated leaves stay low to ground. Pink pom-pom flowers cover it in late summer. Foliage turns bright red in the fall. Plants will die back in winter but return in spring. It's not considered invasive.

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