Mar. 19, 2020

cinnamon willowherb, Epilobium coloratum

This willowherb has petals hardly a quarter inch long. The tube behind the petals is the ovary. The seeds will have reddish hairs that enable distribution by wind. Those hairs account for the name. The plants get around two feet tall, and provide food for some moth caterpillars and for herbivores. They have gotten little attention from humans. Cinnamon, common, or purpleleaf willowherb grows in damp soil in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, and QC. Hayes State Park, Lenawee Co MI, 8/30/11. Willowherb family, Onagraceae.