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