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Most often pink spikes with overlapping flowers, but are frequently also red or pale green. 5 sepals, no petals, normally 6 stamens.
A shiny, black, 3-sided seed (achene).
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.
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.
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.
Ditches, farmland, gardens, meadows, wasteland, waterside, wetland.