Latin name: Epilobium ciliatum

Family: Onagraceae - Evening Primrose Family

Common name:  Northern willowherb

Life cycle: annual, spreading by seed.  Seed are wind blown long distances with an attached tuft of hairs

Habit:  Fireweed grows upright, usually 4 to 6 feet tall.  
fireweed foliage
Foliage: Opposite, linear, serrated, often reddish in color, and with deep sunken veins.

Flower: Pink, small, with 4 lobed petals.

Seed:  Northern willowherb seed are covered by a white tuft of hairs.  This enables the seed to be carries long distances by wind.  Northern willowherb generate many thousands of seed per plant per year.  

Control: View 2003 herbicide trials for control of this and other container weeds.

Control: View 2004 herbicide trials for control of this and other container weeds.