Irish wildflowers

Persicaria hydropiper
Family: Polygonaceae

Flowering time: July-September. Annual. Native.

Spikes of very small pinkish to green-white flowers, terminal and in leaf axils. Solitary flowers in lower leaf axils. Dull black nut. Leaves thin, lanceolate, short-stalked, with hot peppery taste. Sometimes turning orange/yellow in autumn. Branched hair-less stem, erect or straggling, red tinged. To 75cm.

Abundant except in parts of central Ireland. Damp ground and water-edges.

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