Jun. 14, 2020

downy willow-herb, Epilobium strictum

Downy willow-herb is a plant of wetlands, including bogs and fens. This one was by a swale not far from the shore of Lake Michigan. The column in the left background is a developing pod. When ripe it will split to reveal fuzzy, wind dispersed seeds. The fuzz you can see on the white flower may be from a seed. Flowers can be either white or pink. Downy willow-herb grows in CT, IA, IL(T), IN, MA, MD(E), ME, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH(T), PA(E), RI, VA, VT, WI, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Charlevois Co MI, 9/8/14. Willowherb family, Onagraceae.