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Hoary Willowherb

Epilobium parviflorum

Plant Data

Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
4 pale pinkish-purple deeply notched petals. Stigmas have 4 lobes.
Fruit:
Long, cylindrical, slender seed pods, up to 7cm in length. They later split open to disperse their numerous brownish-black, hairy seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves are mostly opposite, or whorled along the stems. They are linear and slightly toothed with no stalks. Leaf tips are pointed. The leaves are covered densely in soft white downy hairs.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten raw and added to salads.
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:
Codlins and Cream, Hairy Willowherb, Small-flower Hairy Willowherb, Small-flowered Hairy Willowherb.
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, farmland, fens, marshes, meadows, mountains, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.