Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC Mtns, uncommon in SC Mtns & NC Pdmt, rare elsewhere

Look for it in seepages, moist open places, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish, white
4-merous
4 sepals
4 petals
8 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Epilobium coloratum   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Epilobium coloratum   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 137-03-003:
Epilobium coloratum   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Epilobium coloratum

 

COMMON NAME:
Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb


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image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_epco_001_lvd

        

image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_epco_003_lvd

        

image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_branch

September        

There are some difficulties in distinguishing this and E. ciliatum in our area, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_closeup

September        

The flowers are less than 1/4" wide, with pink or white notched petals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_closeup2

September        

Sepals ovate, 2.5-3mm long, pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_flowers

September        

Leaves narrowly lanceolate & fine-toothed, their bases decurrent on the stem, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Epilobium coloratum, Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb

Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_habit

September        

A freely branched perennial to 3' tall. Stem & branches often red-purple, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.