Northern willowherb

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Epilobium ciliatum Raf.

Common name(s): northern willowherb, fringed willowherb, fringed willow-herb

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-simple opposite leaves

-toothed leaves

-may be confused with E. coloratum; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage


-disturbed areas

-meadows and fields





Go Botany. “Epilobium Ciliatum Raf.” Epilobium Ciliatum (Fringed Willow-Herb): Go Botany, 2020,