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Broad-leaved Willowherb - Epilobium montanum, click for a larger image, licensed for reuse NCSA3.0
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Broad-leaved Willowherb - Epilobium montanum, click for a larger image, licensed for reuse NCSA3.0

Broad-leaved Willowherb - Epilobium montanum
Family - Onagraceae

Broad-leaved Willowherb is a common and widespread perennial plant of waste and cultivated ground, building sites, pathways, roadsides and embankments which can be seen in flower from May to August.  It grows to a height of 30-70cm (12-28in.) with light green ovate-lanceolate leaves in opposite alternate pairs up the stem, clasping or on very short stalks, the leaves are slightly serrate and hairless.

Multiple flowers as a many branched lax raceme are usually light purple or pink, 7-12mm (0.28-0.48in) across of four petals with notched tips and a four lobed stigma.  They mature to a tubular capsule 5-9cm (2-3.6in.) long containing seeds with fluffy plumes wich are distributed by the wind enabling it to quickly colonise large areas.

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Broad-leaved Willowherb - Epilobium montanum is eaten or used as a herbal remedy.   Apparently use in traditional medicine as a tea for the treatment of the prostate, kidneys, and urinary tract.

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