American Willowherb - Epilobium ciliatum

    Description

    Medium to tall, often reddish plant, without stolons, stems erect with four raised lines. Produces leafy rosettes at the base during autumn. Leaves mostly opposite, oblong lanceolate, toothed. Flowers purplish pink, 8 to 9 mm, erect in bud, the petals deeply notched. Stigma club shaped.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Waste ground, roadsides, cultivated land.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Has spread rapidly, and is now fairly common over much of Britain except the northern half of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 191 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map