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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

47. Rose-Bay Willow-Herb (Chamaenerion augustifolium Scop.)

47. Rose-Bay Willow-Herb

This fine plant often grows in large colonies. Waste ground, woodlands - particularly in the areas where timber has been felled, embankments and bombed sites are its favourite situations, and when a large colony is in flower it is a brilliant sea of colour. The shape of the four-petalled flower is interesting for the petals are arranged in the upper part of the disc. Its seeds are borne by the wind by means of a tuft of long slender white hairs at one end, and the plant rapidly spreads if not interfered with.