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Great Willowherb

Epilobium hirsutum

Plant Data

Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
4 pinkish-purple notched petals. Stigmas have 4 lobes. Our largest flowered and most distinctive Willowherb.
Fruit:
Long tubular fruit capsules with seeds enclosed. The fruit capsule has 4 valves.
Leaves:
The leaves are simple and are arranged opposite one another along the stems. They are stalkless, linear and heavily toothed. Very hairy. The hairs are soft to touch.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves of Great Willowherb are edible and can be used to make tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Codlins-and-Cream, European Fireweed, Great Hairy Willowherb, Hairy Willowherb.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, grassland, marshes, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, wetland.