Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hoary willowherb flowers

Today the first flowers appeared on the hoary willowherb (Epilobium parviflorum) that arrived this spring.

One of my books says this is a plant "preferring damp places on limy soils" however, it is growing in a dry place on acid soil in the Metre.  It looks quite healthy, but is small for its species.20080727 Metre Epiliobium parviflorum 004

With broad-leaved, square-stemmed, American and rosebay, we now have four willowherbs in the project area and all are in flower.  I will have to look for hybrids as this is a very promiscuous genus.