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Pale Persicaria

Persicaria lapathifolia

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, 5 petals
 
Greenish spikes, 5 minute greenish-white petals. The flower spike is a maximum of 4 inches long.
Fruit:
A smooth, disc-shaped, brown or black seed (achene).
Leaves:
The stalked leaves are alternately arranged along the stems. They are narrowly elliptical and taper into a sharp tip. Sometimes they have a dark blotch in the centre of the leaf on the upper surface. Each leaf is up to 8cm long and 2cm wide.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves and seed can both be eaten, raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Curlytop Knotweed, Dock-leaved Smartweed, Heart's Ease, Pale Knotweed, Pale Smartweed, Willow Weed.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, gardens, riverbanks, roadsides, swamps, wasteland, waterside, wetland.