Nov. 21, 2020

fringed willowherb, Epilobium ciliatum

Fringed willowherb is cryptic?  Yes, in botanical terms.  This is a cryptic species complex.  In normal language, it's a bunch of plants that are probably more than one species, but you can't tell them apart just by looking at them.  Variations between extremes are so gradual and continuous it's not possible to reliably decide dividing points.  Whatever fringed willowherb is, it grows in every state and province except AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, and MS, and on SPM.  Conservation concerns are IN(E), MD(E), NH(T), and TN(S).  Lenawee Co MI, 8/15/14.  Willowherb family, Onagraceae.