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Polygonum viviparum (Alpine bistort)
Weyand, Phyllis

Polygonum viviparum

Polygonum viviparum L.

Alpine Bistort

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Synonym(s): Bistorta vivipara, Persicaria vivipara, Polygonum fugax, Polygonum macounii, Polygonum viviparum var. alpinum, Polygonum viviparum var. macounii

USDA Symbol: POVI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr


USA: AK , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WY
Canada: NB , NS

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Mountain Fritillary (Boloria napaea), Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia)

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Bog Fritillary
(Boloria eunomia)

Adult Food Source
Larval Host
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Mountain Fritillary
(Boloria alaskensis)

Larval Host
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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Polygonum viviparum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polygonum viviparum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polygonum viviparum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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