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Common Bistort

Persicaria bistorta

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pink compact spike, 5 petals.
Fruit:
A black shiny nut.
Leaves:
Slender triangular-shaped leaves on long winged stalks. The leaves on the stem are arrow-shaped.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, seeds and roots are all edible, cooked or raw.
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:
Adderwort, Dragonwort, Easter Giant, Easter Giants, Easter Ledge, Easter Man-giant, English Serpentary, Gentle Dock, Great Bistort, Meadow Bistort, Oderwort, Osterick Oysterloit, Passion Dock, Patience Dock, Patient Dock, Pink Pokers, Poor Man's Cabbage, Pudding Duck, Pudding Grass, Red Legs, Snakeweed, Sweet Dock, Twice-writhen.
Habitats:
Meadows, riverbanks, woodland.