Definition of willow herb in English:

willow herb

Syllabification: wil·low herb
(also willowherb)


  • A plant of temperate regions that typically has willowlike leaves and pink or pale purple flowers.
    • Epilobium and related genera, family Onagraceae: many species, including the common hairy willow herb (E. hirsutum) and the common fireweed (E. angustifolium)
    More example sentences
    • Among the common wildflowers are one-flowered cinquefoil, woolly lousewort, alpine willowherb, three saxifrages, and an Indian paintbrush.
    • But this warbler is usually associated with tangled vegetation near water or with reedbeds containing alders and an undergrowth including bramble, nettle and willowherb.
    • Not long ago so many plants sprouted from a single packet of seed that willowherb itself might have been jealous.

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