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, 2'-3' tall forb; stems usually with many branches
Leaves: mostly opposite, oblong to lance-like with sharp, irregular teeth
Flowers: pink to white, 4-parted, 1/3" wide, petals notched; inflorescence a cluster (raceme) of many, stalked flowers; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: capsule, seeds with brown tufts of hair at the top
Habitat: wet; meadows, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native
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