Etymology: Epilobium: from 2 Greek words epi, "upon," and lobos, "a pod or capsule," as the flower and capsule appear together, the corolla being borne on the end of the ovary
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-5' tall forb; mostly solitary, branched stems
Leaves: opposite or with upper ones alternate, ovate to lance-like, sometimes toothed
Flowers: white to rose, 4-parted, 1/8"-1/2" wide, petals notched, stigma not branched; inflorescence a cluster (raceme) of many, stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: capsule, seeds with nearly white tufts of hair at the top
Conservation Status: Native