Onagraceae
Epilobium anagallidifolium

Alpine Willowherb

Mats of reddish stems lie on ground with tips turned upward. Plant hairless, spreading by short rhizomes. Leaves usually opposite, spoon-shaped to oblong, pointed tips, entire or wavy-edged, to 2 in. long. Flowers pink to rose or white, petals notched. Grows in subalpine and alpine meadows, streambanks, other seeping or wet sites, at high elevations, including moist rocks and talus. Similar E. oregonense, E. clavatum, E. lactiflorum, and E. hornemannii are very difficult to distinguish and considered by some to be phases of the same genus.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 2--8 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Moist Riverbanks, Meadow
  • Found In: Wallowas, Steens, N Cascades NP, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: Yes