Bogs, farmland, fens, gardens, heathland, marshes, meadows, mountains, roadsides, rocks, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.
4 petalled reddish-purple flowers, unequal in shape, up to 3cm across. Long reddish sepals, in showy spikes.
Many-seeded fruit pods, or capsules. The fruit pods are slender and pinkish-purple in colour. They stand erect and the pods split open later in the year, leaving the brown seeds to be dispersed. The seed has a fluffy tuft of white hair attached which helps the wind disperse it.
Blood Vine, Blooming Sally, Bomb-site Weed, Bombweed, Common Fireweed, Fireweed, Fireweed, Flowering Willow, French-willow, Great Willowherb, Narrow-leaved Fireweed, Perennial Fireweed, Persian Willow, Purple Rocket, Railway Chrysanthemum, Rose Bay Willowherb, Rosebay Willow, Singerweed, Spiked Willowherb, Wickup.