Apr. 1, 2017

codlins and cream, Epilobium hirsutum

I couldn't resist this fanciful English name for what is otherwise called hairy willow-herb. This is an invasive that can form wetland thickets that crowd out everything else. I once tried to beat my way through a couple of acres of it. It was the worst going of anything I've ever been in. Then it all died. In that spot it was crowded out by a buckthorn thicket. The buckthorn in turn was removed, and now the area has been restored to native plants, including yesterday's orchid. Hairy willow-herb has now been reported from CO, CT, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WI, WV, BC, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 8/12/15