Great Willow Herb,
Codlins and Cream
Height: 2-6' (60-180 cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Pink ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder) Order: Myrtales (Myrtle Order) Family: Onagraceae (Willow-herb Family) Genus: Epilobium (Willow-Herb) Species: hirsutum (hairy) ____________________________________
Epilobium hirsutum is another tall member of the Willow Herb family with impressive bright pink flowers. It grows in woodland edges and waste places, and often in large clumps beside streams and rivers. It is a tall, bushy and branching plant, softly hairy, with clusters of rounded flowers like wild roses about an inch across.
Epilobium angustifolium is one of the food plants of the Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar (Deilephila elpenor).
Epilobium hirsutum has been used in herbal medicine, but there have also been reports of poisoning leading to convulsions after eating the leaves.
SOME PARTS OF THIS PLANT MAY BE POISONOUS
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seedpod is long and thin, opening in a wide star shape.
Seed The seeds are small brown drops surrounded by white fluff. There are many seeds in a seed pod.
Seedling The seedling has wide pointed leaves with prominent ribs.
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