Ajuntament de Barcelona

Persicaria amplexicaulis

Joan Brossa Garden

    English name: 
    Mountain fleece
    Botanical synonyms: 
    Polygonum amplexicaule, Bistorta amplexicaulis
    Species characteristics
    Himalayan mountains
    Road and path sides

    Perennial rounded plant 0.9 m tall, although it can reach 1.8 m, and similar in diameter. The stem is usually very straight, but in some situations it can lean to fall to ground.

    The leaves are triangular and matt medium green, slightly rough. They have a noticeable nervature and a long petiole.

    The tiny flowers are pink, purple or red (occasionally white) depending on the cultivars. They appear into dense cylindrical panicles up to 10 cm long.

    Flowering time: 
    Uses and properties: 

    Lady's Thumb, resilient to freeze conditions, is very appreciated as a decoration plant both in gardens and in pots. It works well in humid soils and partially sunny lots.

    Also used in floristry as a cut flower, fresh, or as a dry one.

    Nectar of its flowers attracts birds and butterflies.

    History and curiosities: 

    The scientific name, Persicaria maculosa, consists of the genus name Persicaria, coming from the Latin term persicaria, “peach”, in allusion to the ressemblance between this genus leaves and the peach tree leaves, and the Latin term maculosa, “stained”.