Pale Willowherb - Epilobium roseum


    Short to tall rather slender, somewhat hairy plant. Stem rather brittle with raised lines, with a rosette of leaves at the base in the Autumn. Leaves mostly opposite, lanceolate to elliptical, narrowed at the base, toothed and stalked. Flowers white, becoming pinkish streaked 8 to 10 mm with a club shaped stigma. Many glandular hairs on upper stem, sepals and part of the fruiting structure

    Similar Species

    One of four similar species; E obscurum, E tetragonum and E ciliatum also have club-shaped stigma.   E tetragonum has no glandular hairs and perennates with loose leaf-rosettes.  E obscurum has few glandular hairs and perennates with leafy stolons. E ciliatum has numerous glandular hairs on the upper parts of the stem, sepals and parts of the fruits, and perennates with dense leafy basal rosettes; E roseum is very similar but has longer petioles.   Hybrids also occur.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Damp habitats, pond edges.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional throughout lowland England and Wales, scarce in parts of northern England and in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 31 of the 617 tetrads

    It is on the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Jeeves 2011)

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