willow herb


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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British Dictionary definitions for willowherb

/ (ˈwɪləʊˌhɜːb) /


any of various temperate and arctic onagraceous plants of the genus Epilobium, having narrow leaves, terminal clusters of pink, purplish, or white flowers, and willow-like feathery seeds
rosebay willowherb See rosebay
purple loosestrife See loosestrife
hairy willowherb See codlins-and-cream
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