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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Polygonum bistortoides Pursh
American bistort, Western Bistort
USDA Symbol: pobi6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
At tops of slender, erect, reddish stems bloom dense white or pale pink flower clusters.
One of the most common mountain wildflowers, sometimes covering meadows with thousands of clusters of white flowers. The stout roots were once prepared by Native Americans for food. Young leaves may be cooked as greens.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
Western Canada southward to southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Native Habitat:
Moist mountain meadows or along mountain streams. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff