Irish wildflowers

Photographs: The Gearagh Co.Cork

Small Water-pepper
Persicaria minor
Biorphiobar beag
Family: Polygonaceae

Flowering time: July-September. Annual. Native.

Spikes of small pink, occasionally white flowers. Deep red-pink sepals. Glossy black fruit. Leaves narrow-lanceolate with very short stalks. Larger leaves at least 5x long as wide. Lax straggling, nearly prostrate or semi-erect growth habit. Hairless. Small plant, easily overlooked.

Frequent in N, occasional in southern half of Ireland. Damp or marshy ground subject to flooding, wet meadows, pond, lake, river edges.
Photos are Water-pepper, P. hydropiper Correction: Paul Green
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