Red Bistort - Bistorta amplexicaulis


This is a deep rose red coloured species of bistort which may reach a mere or more in height. The heart-shaped pointed leaves clasp the stem.

Identification difficulty

A damp loving species which may be found around pool margins and similar wet situations.

When to see it

Flowering July to October.

Life History


UK Status

Often escaping cultivation to become established in the wild. It is not uncommon in southern England, the Midlands and the north west but much less common elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon as a wildflower in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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

UK Map