Monday, 27 July 2015

Fireweed

There is a pink haze in the old tree nursery between posts 13 and 15
This is Fireweed or Rosebay  (Chamerion angustifolium)
The spires of flowers open at the bottom first and gradually move up the stem.
Buds at the top, then the flowers, and below them the ripening seed pods, which will later burst open and send fluffy down far and wide, carrying the seeds.

The plant used to be known as Rosebay Willowherb, but it is no longer considered to be one of the true willowherbs (Epilobiums).

The Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) is also frequent at Filnore Woods but is quite different, as you can see below.



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