Common Bistort - Persicaria bistorta

    Alt Name
    Bistort and as Snake-root

    An erect, perennial with attractive pink flowers, in a tight cylindrical inflorescence. The basal leaves have a long petiole, while the stem leaves are sessile. The upper part of the petiole has a narrow wing of leaf tissue. The plant grows from a stout creeping rhizome, which spreads to create dense patches.

    Identification difficulty

    Often in damp areas and near to lakes margins, also in meadows and woods.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain, but commonest in the north west of England.

    VC55 Status

    Not common in Leicestershire + Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 9 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map