Redshank - Persicaria maculosa

    Alt Name

    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

    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

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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map