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SOLVED: Persicaria (?) and a perennial shrubby pea ID

Victoria, BC(Zone 8b)

First plant is a ground cover for shade. It is just finishing blooming now (early spring start here). Leaves get a bit bigger. It ends up being about 6"-8" tall. Herbaceous. Clump forming (so far). Lady who bought it was told it was a native. I am not so sure, but I have been wrong before. Sorry the flowers aren't in close up - they are the classic persicaria bottle brushish flowers in white with dark pollen bearing thingies (anthers? stamens? I can never remember)

The second is a very nice and well behaved perennial pea. Very compact, very nice. I'm hoping the seed I saved will sprout. The picture doesn't show that it is a really nice delicate pink. I have never seen one so compact before. Maybe a compact form of lathyrus vernus? Just starting to flower now.

Any help would be awesome, as I have tried to find out online what they may be, but haven't really gotten anywhere useful.

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Second is Lathyrus vernus ssp. gracilis.

This message was edited Apr 16, 2013 7:27 PM

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

The first one might be Bistorta bistortoides which is native to the west coast south of you in the alpine/subalpine zone.

This message was edited Apr 16, 2013 8:21 PM

Victoria, BC(Zone 8b)

Thats definitely it for the pea. Thanks. I thought it might be a type of vernus but was having no luck....all the others were far too sprawly/leggy.

As for the other one - close but no cigar. Mine is much more compact. The flowers are on very short stems, leaves are fatter, and as I said - it has dark pollen thingies. However, I had totally forgotten that bistort is in that family, so it is giving me another avenue of options.

Victoria, BC(Zone 8b)

AHAH! Found it! It is bistorta tenuicaulis. Thanks for the assist altagardener - as I said - totally forgot about bistorts.

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