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Hoary Willowherb

Observed: 30th June 2013 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Hoary Willowherb

Stray plant in the small garden that we have, there's always an extra addition. Never too upset though - tell that to the other half ("I'll let it flower and then it can go" - said that about the thistles and I wasn't popular). Changed title to right ID - thanks Alyson.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hoary Willowherb (Epilobium parviflorum) interacts


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I guess...

...we're all agreed with willowherb but which one? This was just a stray plant that the other half wanted rid of and we get great discussion from. I will hang onto these in future but not the thistles. I'm all for nature and it's outcome.

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Agree the leaves look more like parviflorum than ciliatum and I couldn't see the hairs on first inspection. On re-examination, I agree landgirl's ID.

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As others have pointed out

One man's weed is another man's choice. The problems come if the plant is a prolific seed producer or vegetative spreader.
I had to clear an fine crop of Nipplewort from a patch I had decided to let run wild - they were swamping the Hazels I had planted. I regret having to do it, but they were forming a monoculture I didn't want.
I think the Willowherbs are quite attractive, and most are native; hence good for wildlife. But I'm afraid they tend to overwhelm the less competitive plants. And I can see your point about at least some ot the thistles, too.