Willowherb, Hoary

Information on Hoary Willowherb

Common Name: Hoary Willowherb
Scientific Name: Epilobium parviflorum
Irish Name: Saileachán liath
Family Group: Onagraceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Hoary Willowherb could sometimes be confused with:

Willowherb, Great,

Hoary Willowherb grows to 75cm high. It has pink flowers which have 4 notched petals and a 4-lobed stigma. The flowers are on erect, round and very downy stems. The leaves are grey-green, oval, hairy and the leaf bases do not clasp the stem. It favours damp habitats and waste ground. It has long pods which contain cottony seeds. It is somewhat similar to Great Willowherb but considerably smaller. It is a widespread native perennial and belongs to the Willowherb family. 

I first saw and photographed this plant near Slade, Co Wexford in 2012. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Willowherb, Hoary
Willowherb, Hoary
Willowherb, Hoary