Rosebay Willowherb - Chamerion angustifolium

    Alternative names
    Epilobium angustifolium

    Robust, almost hairless, patch forming plant to 2.5 metres. Leaves alternate, lanceolate, slightly toothed with a vein running along close to the margin. Flowers violet or rose purple, 20 to 30 mm in long, tapering racemes, petals slightly notched.

    Identification difficulty

    Disturbed sites, waste places, banks and roadside verges.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout much of Britain, scarcer in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 594 of the 617 tetrads.

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