Epilobium billardierianum ssp. hydrophilum

Robust Willow-herb

Erect perennial herb with erect non-glandular hairs on upper stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyOnagraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-1 m high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLance-shaped to narrowly egg-shaped leaves to 35 mm x 5-15 mm, with 4-12 shallow, regular teeth per side, especially towards the tip; paired on lower stems, alternate near flowerheads.
  • Flower colourWhite to purplish-pink
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersSingle small erect flowers to 15 mm across in terminal leaf axils. Ring of long hairs inside the base of the floral tube. Stalk lengthens in fruit. Capsules to 7 cm long, splitting to release many seeds with tuft of hairs.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDamp mountain forests. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useA reliable herb for cool moist gardens. It may spread like similar varieties.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Geoff Lay, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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