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Common bistort

Persicaria bistorta or Bistorta officinalis


Dense spikes of soft pink flowers rise from June to early autumn above semi-evergreen, deeply veined, mid-green leaves. Spikes can reach the height of above 1m.


Grows in shadow, in alpine pastures of Jura mountain range.


Many thanks to Danielle Pralong for the help in IDing this species. As Danielle pointed out, the generic placement of this species is unclear; belonging to family Polygonaceae, the literature I just consulted treat it as Persicaria genus. On the other hand, it has also been placed in Polygonum or Bistorta genus.

1 species ID suggestions

Common bistort
Persicaria bistorta Persicaria bistorta - Wikipedia


Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Many thanks Danielle,

DanielePralong a year ago

Hi Zlatan! Please note that the generic placement of this species seems to be in flux. Some authorities also place it in Polygonum or Bistorta. Thanks for your ongoing contributions!

InêsVeloso a year ago

very pretty pictures :)

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Lat: 46.30, Long: 5.99

Spotted on Jun 21, 2015
Submitted on Oct 24, 2016

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