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Epilobium hirtigerum

Hairy Willow-herb

Erect greyish perennial herb, covered in dense long spreading and erect hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyOnagraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-1.4 m high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesAlternating narrow stalkless leaves 1.5-8 cm x 2-10 mm, with a few distinct teeth on wavy margins.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersSingle small erect flowers with petals barely longer than the calyx, in terminal leaf axils. Capsules densely hairy, 3.5-6 cm long, splitting to release many seeds with tufts of hairs.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in variety of habitats. Frost tolerant.Full sun to partial shade.
  • Garden useInvasive in urban areas. Attractive in flower but great care needed to prevent self-seeding where not wanted.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Peter Kinchington ©; 2, 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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