Redshank - Persicaria maculosa

    Alternative names

    Short to medium, erect to sprawling, hairless, branched plant. Leaves lanceolate, tapered at the base, often with a large blackish blotch. Flowers crowded in stout, short spikes, pale to bright pink.

    Similar Species

    The flowers look similar to Amphibious Bistort and paler forms also resemble Pale persicaria

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    No glands (or few) on flower and flower-stem, which is usually glabrous; veins of outer tepals undivided or divided with with forward directed branches. Dark blotch on leaf can be seen on P lapathifolia as well. Leaves lanceolate

    Recording advice

    Photo showing flower and flower stalk without glands


    Waste, bare or cultivated land, often close to water.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 569 of the 617 tetrads.

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


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