Epilobium latifolium

River Beauty, Willow Herb, Red Willow Weed

Its best-known members are the Fireweeds (Epilobium angustifolium and others), tall wildflowers that cover fire-charred fields with magenta bloom. But the 200 species include 3-inch dwarves and creeping ground covers. Most bloom in the red-pink-purple range, and a few in white or yellow, and are followed by tufts of glistening white seed 'parachutes'. Tiny Epilobium obcordatum forms a mat of oval leaves and bright magenta flowers around boulders. The Epilobium chloraefolium kaikourense variety's white or pink flowers are twice as big as the species'. Best in meadows and on the rocky slopes of a wild naturalized garden, where they are free to spread. Most prefer moist soil. Ground covers like gritty rock garden soil. Tall plants need more sun, ground covers need some shade in hot summers. Cut plants halfway down in early summer to make them bushier (though the flower spikes will be smaller). Raise tall types from seed, ground covers by division.
Epilobium latifolium, River Beauty, Willow Herb, Red Willow Weed
White to pink-purple flowers bloom among the dull blue-green leaves. The stems lie flat with tips arching upward. Native Americans made soup from the larger stalks' inner pulp.

Attributes - Epilobium latifolium

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Pink, White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 1 ft. to 1 ft. 6 in.

Width: 1 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Notes: Container Plants, Showy Flowers.

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