Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Common Bistort
Persicaria Bistorta
of the Dock family
a perennial
20-100 cm high
blooms June-October
likes damp grassy measdows, verges, pastures
can be seen in the Visitor Centre's wildflower garden

   
A pudding can be made from young bistort leaves. In the North of England a competition called Easter-ledge attempts to find the champion pudding.
The name 'bistort' derives from the Latin for 'twice-twisted' which refers to the twisting and 'snaking' of its underground stems. This in turn has led to the folk-names 'Adderwort' and 'Snakeweed'.
Herbalists used the plant in a variety of treatments including the stemming of bleeding, and toothache cure. The root contains tannin, a chemical used to tan leather.