Persicaria hydropiper


Erect, narrow annual herb dotted with glands. Sheath at base of leaf has erect bristles along the top.

Additional information

  • SynonymPolygonum hydropiper
  • FamilyPolygonaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1 m high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesLance-shaped leaves 5-15 cm x 8-30 mm with short bristles on margins and main veins, gland dotted below. Leaves have a hot peppery taste.
  • Flower colourGreen or white
  • Flowering timeDecember to May
  • FlowersTiny flowers with conspicuous glands scattered along narrow drooping cylindric spike 4-18 cm long.
  • Bird attractingLeaves, seeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWet soil or shallow water in depressions and wetland areas and along forest tracks. Full sun to dappled shade.
  • Garden useUpright plant for wet areas and small ponds.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - roasted and peeled stems; poison for fishing - leaves
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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