Epilobium angustifolium

Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Family Description: Evening Primrose

Key Characteristics:
Also known as Blooming Sally.
  • alternate, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sub-entire, sessile leaves.
  • on 5-12 mm long pedicels arranged in long, terminal racemes sepals lance-linear,
  • 8-12 mm long, tinged with lavender,
  • puberulent
  • Petals lilac-purple (rarely rose or white) clawed,
  • obovate, 8-18 mm long
  • 5-7 cm long containing seeds 1-1.4 mm long terminated by a long dingy coma

General Description:
Stems mostly unbranched, glabrous except in the inflorescence, arising from rhizome-like roots that freely form adventitious buds; up to 25 dm tall with alternate, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sub-entire, sessile leaves.
Flowers in long, terminal racemes, each flower subtended by small, linear bracts

Alaska to California east to the Atlantic Coast

Moist places, often in disturbed sites such as after a fire, after logging, along old highways, and railroads

This makes a beautiful flower bed plant, but it is advisable to plant it in an area which is confined by sidewalks, edging, etc. because it will spread by its rhizomes.
It makes a safe tea. The tea can be used for chronic, pasty diarrhea, to improve colon tone, a mild laxative, douches, enemas, and infant washes where there is inflamation of the orifices and tender folds. It can work as an anti-inflammatory for throat, stomach, intestinal inflammation, hemorrhoid inflammation that flares up after eating spicy or other irritating foods.

Other References:
  Davis, Ray J. 1952, Fora of Idaho. Wm . C. Brown Company Dubuque, Iowa
  Hitchcock, C. Leo & Arthur Cronquist , 1973, Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Univ. of Washington Press. Seattle and London
   Hitchcock, C. Leo & Arthur Cronquist , 1961, Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. Univ. of Washington Press. Seattle, Washington
   Moore, Michael, 1993, Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West. Red Crane Books 826 Camino de Monte Rey Santa, Fe New Mexico 87501
Photos and Information written by Dr. Karl E. Holte,© 2002