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Redleg

Persicaria maculosa

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Most often pink spikes with overlapping flowers, but are frequently also red or pale green. 5 sepals, no petals, normally 6 stamens.
Fruit:
A shiny, black, 3-sided seed (achene).
Leaves:
The stalkless or short-stalked leaves alternate along the stems. They are linear in shape and can reach 10cm long. Their margins are untoothed and they have a distinct black blotch in their centres. The leaf surfaces are smooth and not hairy.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, seeds and young shoots can all 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:
Heartweed, Jesus Plant, Lady's Thumb, Lady's Thumb Smartweed, Persicaria, Redshank, Redshank Dock, Smartweed, Spotted Knotweed, Spotted Lady's Thumb, Spotted Smartweed, Willow Weed.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, gardens, meadows, wasteland, waterside, wetland.