Wednesday 15 August 2012

Willowherb Wednesday

For a very patient lady...

Greater Willowherb, Epilobium hirsutum
Also known as Codlins and Cream
This plant self seeds in the garden at Tense Towers, but in 2012 it chose a very shaded location. The result was a rather late flowering (I was expecting it weeks ago). Still, a promise has finally been honoured, a weight of expectation lifted, and in a kind of Yin and Yang way, I reckon that would appeal to Mr Cobweb.

Sorry, but if you've not been paying attention, then this post will make even less sense than normal!


Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks, Mr. Cobweb! That surely is a purdy flower. Just image googled "codlin" and discovered it's a primarily green apple. Strange. Why'd they end up in the compost?

Imperfect and Tense said...

To answer your questions:

1. Apparently the bruised plant has a smell reminiscent of boiled apples.
2. They were 5' high and growing at the front of the flower border!

Unfortunately, I only discovered fact 1 this afternoon, several days too late to carry out a little olfactory experiment.