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Epilobium angustifolium 'var. album'

Rosebay willowherb

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Hardy perennial

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photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (190520)

Plant details

This is a form of the native rosebay willowherb, and like its relative has a strongly spreading habit due to its creeping underground stems. As a result, it may require restricting after a few years. It produces dramatic, white, saucer-shaped flowers from midsummer to early autumn set against its wavy mid-green leaves. This plant is an excellent choice for the wildlife garden or the back of a herbaceous border.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Epilobium

Species: angustifolium

Cultivar: var. album

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

Flowering period: July to September

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