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Epilobium billardierianum ssp. billardierianum

Smooth Willow-herb

Erect to sprawling perennial herb, stems few-branched.

Additional information

  • FamilyOnagraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-1 m x 0.2-0.7 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesEgg-shaped stem-clasping leaves to 35 mm x 6-20 mm, densely serrated with 16-40 teeth per side; paired on lower stems, alternate near flowerheads.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersSingle small erect flowers to 15 mm across, held erect in terminal leaf axils. Ring of long hairs inside the base of the floral tube. Stalk lengthens to 20 mm in fruit. Capsules to 7 cm long, splitting to release many seeds with tuft of hairs.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsCool damp sites beside watercourses. Semi shade.
  • Garden useA little scrambling herb which is pretty in moist spots.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Daniel Ohlsen, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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