Polygonaceae
Polygonum bistortoides

Western Bistort

Stem long, erect, unbranched. Leaves mostly basal with long petioles, few small leaves along stem. Flowers white or pinkish in dense thick spike. Flowers with 5 lobes fused only at base, 8 stamens sticking out beyond, giving the plant a rather fuzzy look. Grows in wet meadows, edges of streams, at high elevations and on subalpine slopes where it can form large stands, usually mixed with other wildflowers.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--24 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, Alpine, Meadow
  • Found In: West Gorge, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Steens
  • Native: Yes