Willow Herb

Willow Herb

Willow herb (Epilobium angustifolium) seen on the Pralongià Alm. Photo by Karen Fjerdingstad.
Ejnar Fjerdingstad
on Nov 8, 2006 5:26 pm
Image Type(s): Flora
Image ID: 242586


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madeintahoe - Apr 6, 2007 11:42 am - Voted 10/10

So Pretty!

Ejnar...so beautiful! We call this same plant Fireweed in the Sierra and US. It is my very favorite wildflower! We have a patch of it that blooms each summer on our property..it is such a beautiful flower and color!
Thank you!

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Apr 6, 2007 4:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: So Pretty!

Thank you for your comments. Yes, I guess Willow Herb is the British name. We have them in Denmark too. It is also one of my wife's favourite flowers, and she was quite surprised to find them more than 6000 ft. up in the Alps - we hadn't seem them before in the Dolomites.


donhaller3 - Apr 7, 2007 12:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Context is crucial.

In the American West, fireweed is frequenty considered an invasive and tends to take over road cuts, burns, and other disturbed places. But no one can deny its charm, and the early season impact it can have. http://www.summitpost.org/object_discussion.php?type=message_board&object_id=151880&discussion_id=51420#51420

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Apr 8, 2007 8:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Context is crucial.

In Denmark, fireweed is mostly found on poor soils, such as the moors in central Jutland where my wife comes from, and is not considered invasive. I think the only time I have seen it in the Alps was when this photo was taken, so clearly it is not any danger there either.


donhaller3 - Apr 8, 2007 2:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Context is crucial.

Right. I don't think fireweed hurts anything in the northwest(unlike scotchbroom or Himalayan blackberry), it just is very conspicuous. The site is a reference to a log entry where fireweed was part of a very beautiful afternoon for me.


verdeleone - May 16, 2007 6:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Context is crucial.

Fireweed is a native plant (and one of my favorites). It does tend to be one of the first plants to revegetate disturbed areas, but it isn't invasive (meaning it doesn't belong and pushes out native species). I think correctly it would be considered a pioneer species.
Sure is pretty either way, though.


donhaller3 - May 16, 2007 10:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Context is crucial.

Sigh. Knowing what one is talking about is even more crucial. Apparently I didn't. I know I have been told it was an "invasive" repeatedly, but the books I have indeed make no such assertion. I owe you, Oh Green Lion! I could have been jerked short in much more painful ways.

It remains beautiful.

Gilkey indicates thar "Australian Fire-weed" has been working north from Humboldt County since 1918 (writing in 1966?), maybe that plantis the source of my confusion.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - May 17, 2007 2:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Context is crucial.

Thank you for setting things straight!


lcarreau - Feb 7, 2008 12:55 pm - Voted 10/10


I'm glad you got things all straightened
out, Ejnar! Did you know this plant grows
in Alaska? In September, the flowers fall
off, and the stalks & leaves turn blood red!
PLEASE click.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Feb 7, 2008 4:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Geez...

This doesn't happen in Denmark, I guess it must be another species, but it actually makes the name more fitting with all these stalks flaming red. Very beautiful.

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