Amphibious Bistort - Persicaria amphibia


Short to medium height (max 60 cm). It is a creeping plant rooting at the nodes, and has both terrestrial and aquatic forms. Flowers deep pink in short, dense, broad and often solitary spikes.

Similar Species

When on dry land, can be confused with other Persicaria

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

In flower, the stamens are exserted (stick out beyond the tepals).  Often several flowerheads per stem. Leaves can be black-blotched; truncate to cordate at base

Recording advice

Photos in aquatic state, or in flower showing stamens


In or close to still or slow flowing water.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 200 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, Locally Frequent


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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map