Small Water-pepper - Persicaria minor


Low to short hairless plant with sprawling or ascending stems. Leaves narrow, lanceolate, pointed, scarcely stalked. Flowers in lax slender erect spikes, deep pink, rarely white.

Similar Species

Persicaria hydropiper

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Lacks peppery taste of P hydropiper; hairs on face of stipules (not terminal cilia) not fused to to stipule or fused <3/4 of length; other minor difference (ref key in Stace)

Recording advice

Specimen or photos needs to verified by CR. 


Damp habitats, marshy ground, lake, pond and river margins.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but not common in Britain.

VC55 Status

In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, rare.  Most older records are form the Charnwood Forest area, but it has been found more recently by Rutland Water and in Lockington.   

It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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

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