Pale Persicaria - Persicaria lapathifolia


    Medium tall, slightly hairy plant. Leaves oval to linear-lanceolate, occasionally with pale blackish blotch, with yellowish dots (glands) beneath. Flowers in dense spikes, dull greenish white, sometimes pinkish, stalks with yellowish glands.

    Similar Species

    Persicaria maculosa

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Very variable in flower colour, from greenish-white to deep pink, and in hairiness.  Glands frequent on perianth and peduncle; veins of outer tepals divided, with turned back branches. Leaves lanceolate

    Recording advice

    Photo showing flower and flower stalk with glands


    Cultivated land, waste places and water margins.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 354 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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