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Hoary Willowherb

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

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.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hoary Willowherb (Epilobium parviflorum) interacts

Comments

gramandy's picture

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.

John Pilkington's picture

Hoary

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.

Amadan's picture

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.