|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.
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
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.