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Epilobium tetragonum - L.

Common Name Square-Stemmed Willow Herb
Family Onagraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp woodland clearings, hedgebanks, ditches and cultivated soil[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Sweden south and east to W. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Epilobium tetragonum Square-Stemmed Willow Herb


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Epilobium tetragonum Square-Stemmed Willow Herb

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Epilobium tetragonum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

E. adnatum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedgerow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[105, 177]. Used as a vegetable[2].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils[1], preferring a well-drained but moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in situ or as soon as the seed is ripe. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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