willow herb

  1. any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Epilobium, of the evening primrose family, having terminal clusters of purplish or white flowers.
Compare fireweed.

Origin of willow herb

First recorded in 1570–80
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Historical Examples of willow herb

  • I there saw a bunch of "willow-herb" magnificently modelled.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • Wherever the willow-herb flourishes there a Guadet is serving The Company.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • Mr. Beebe watched them, and watched the seeds of the willow-herb dance chorically above their heads.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • Next season Coltsfoot, willow-herb, Oxyria, and two grasses had planted themselves.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Willow-herb, tender and wistful, like a pink sunset cloud, was not slow to follow.