Polygonum vivaparum
Alpine Bistort
A Colorado Native Alpine Species
Polygonaceae or Buckwheat Family
6 to 8 inches tall - white with a flushh of rose-pink
Full sun to part shade
Moist, humus-rich soil
Late Spring to Early Summer
Propagate by seed, bulblets or division
Photos by Jane Hendrix

Alpine Bistort is a neat, short species of alpine bogs. Besides spreading by underground rhizomes, it produces small, reddish bulblets on the flower spike which drop off when mature and start new plants. It is pretty when grown in masses but be careful if you have a small bog garden. It can become rampant if not held in check. Give Alpine Bistort moiist soil in full sun to partial shade.