September 19, 2017

Totally Linear

Epilobium leptophyllum | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Epilobium leptophyllum | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

A quick look at Epilobium leptophyllum might be a bit misleading from just a photo. The rather airy-looking bog willow-herb can top an impressive 3 feet in height. With flowers ranging from pink to red to white, this Maine native can be found in bogs, edges of wetlands, fens, man-made or disturbed habitats, marshes, meadows or fields and swamps. Bog willow-herb’s other common name is linear-leaf willow-herb. The leaf type for this perennial herb in the evening primrose family is quite distinctive, being long and quite narrow, much like a strip, with the hairs on the leaves lending a grayish tinge.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.