What is this plant/weed?

Sdor3July 29, 2014

Hi, Can anyone tell me what this is (sorry photo a bit blurry)? It's probably a weed, most things in my garden seem to be, however the bees like it and it's not in the 'wrong' place in the border. I just want to know if it's likely to spread wildly or anything.
Many thanks

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carol23_gw

Epilobium ?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 7:29AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Yes, Rosebay Willow Herb, Chamerion angustifolium aka Epilobium angustifolium. Pretty but spreads via thousands of seeds.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:02AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Yes, Epilobium agustifolium. We call it Fireweed here because it's one of the first plants that grow after a forest fire. In my garden, it's a weed because it reseeds prolifically. I probably pull it more than any weed in my garden.
Mike

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:31AM
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Sdor3

Thanks guys! Guess I'd better pull it up now then before it seeds!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 11:40AM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

Aww. It is such a beautiful plant. In Alaska, swatches of them are breathtaking.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 12:41PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

In the wild it is a beauty. Its reputation for growing after fires was confirmed when it took over much of London after the bombing of WW2. It even acquired the nick name 'Bombweed'. But in a small garden it is a bit of a thug.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:40PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

I wish I could grow it...I've tried several times, but heat and humidity are not it's friend.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:43PM
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