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

Photo ID?

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