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Redshank, Ladysthumb
Polygonaceae
Persicaria maculosa


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Polygonaceae Family

Persicaria Genus

Location

Found growing wild in Utah.

Physical Description
narrow, lancet-shaped leaves. The leaves often have a brown or black spot. The white, pink or red flowers are in dense panicles and flower from early summer to late autumn.


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Polygonaceae
Caryophyllales
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Core Eudicots
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Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
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Mesangiospermae
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Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
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Magnolia Division
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Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

formerly Polygonum persicaria)
AKA: Persicaria, Redleg, Lady's-thumb, Spotted Ladysthumb, and Adam's Plaster
This plant contains persicarin and tannins. In medicine, Redshank is used against diarrhoea and infections. Fresh leaves have been used to staunch bleeding.

The leaves and young shoots may be eaten as a palatable and nutritious leaf vegetable. It is often seen as a weed and rarely cultivated.

A yellow dye can be produced from this plant with alum used as a mordant.




Redshank
Redshank Stem - July 29, 2009



Redshank
Redshank Flowers - July 29, 2009

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