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Rosebay Willowherb /Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)


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A tall herb (to 120cm) with rose-purple flowers that grows on waysides, woodlands, ditches, old industrial areas. In autumn it releases many downy seeds. Its thick roots can also send up new shoots, which spread horizontally. It also has the name fireweed as it thrives on disturbed ground and frequently colonises ground that has been cleared by fire. Pictured early August 2005 at the Railway cutting Old Warden Bedfordshire

15th Aug 2005 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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