General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Bistort
  • Easter Ledges
  • Dragonwort
  • Snake Weed
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Bistorta officinalis subsp. officinalis
  • Synonym: Persicaria bistorta

Photo Gallery
Location: Vermont
Date: 2020-06-07
Location: University of Tartu Botanical Gardens, Estonia 
Date: 2022-06-16
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-05-07
with brunnera
Location: Vermont
Date: 2022-05-25
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-19
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON, Canada
Date: 2014-06-05
Location: Vermont
Date: 2017-05-28
Location: Ed Burton, NE Wisconsin
Date: 2017-06-03

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
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Location: Washington
Date: 2016-07-18
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-07-18
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-09-19

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery

Photo Courtesy of Busse Gardens. Used with permission.
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