Epilobium hirsutum L.
Great willowherb, hairy willow-herb, great hairy willowherb, apple-pie, cherry-pie, codlins-and-cream
Great willowherb is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia, and introduced to North America and Australia. Like purple loosestrife, it is invasive in wetlands, and is considered an invasive species in some areas.
Identification: Plants are up to 6½' (2 m) high, with multiply-branched, hairy stems. Leaves are opposite, ¾-4½" (2-12 cm) × ⅛-1¼" (5-35 mm), widest near the base, serrated. They attach directly to the stem, and are hairy on both sides. Flowers are rose pink, about ⅞" (2.5 cm) in diameter, with four notched petals. Seeds are flattened, about ¹/₃₂" (1 mm) in size, with a “parachute” of white hairs.
Edibility: Leaves can be used to make a tea called “kaporie tea” in Russian.
Epilobium hirsutum on Discover Life
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Epilobium hirsutum on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
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Epilobium hirsutum on eFloras
Epilobium hirsutum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.