Water-pepper at Argal Reservoir near Falmouth

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The water is low at Argal Reservoir near Falmouth at the moment. The margins are covered in Water-pepper, a rather unspectacular plant with small, pale pink flowers in long, slender, nodding inflorescence.

Insight into Water-pepper (Persicaria hydropiper): native and common throughout the British Isles, although it is rare in the extreme north, it grows in the margins of freshwater.

It flowers in July to September.

It has an acrid taste unlike the rarer Tasteless Water-pepper (Persicaria mitis).

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