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Photograph from Lewis and Clark Herbarium/Academy of Natural Sciences
Western Snakeweed
(Western Bistort, American Bistort)

Polygonum bistortoides



First Noted by Expedition
June 12, 1806, on the Weippe Prairie, Idaho.
 

Description
At tops of slender, erect, reddish stems bloom dense white or pale pink flower clusters 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) long; individual flowers less than 0.3 in (0.8 cm) long. Height: 8-28 in (20-70 cm).
 

Habitat
Moist mountain meadows or along mountain streams.
 

Range
Western Canada southward to southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
 

Note
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.

Species information from enature.com
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