Water-pepper - Persicaria hydropiper

Alt Name
Waper Pepper

Medium to tall, erect hairless plant with a burning peppery taste. Leaves narrow-lanceolate, pointed, scarcely stalked. Flowers in a lax slender spike, often drooping especially at the tip, pinkish or greenish white.

Photo ID?

Damp places, wet meadows, water margins, woodland rides etc.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and quite frequent in Britain in suitable habitats.

VC55 Status

Locally frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 166 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map