Also known as Small Flowered Willow-herb, Epilobium Parviflorum is a remarkable herb that is often over looked as a weed. Traditionally a European perennial the herb has spread its many floating seeds throught various parts of the world including North America.
Above is a picture of its tiny flowers that are actually only about 5-8mm in diameter. The plant forms as a rosette of 4-6cm long, willow-shaped leaves, close to the ground. Upright flower stems, 30-60cm, carry small, insignificant, pale-pink flowers along the stem. Thin seed capsules to 5cm long, split open when dry, to reveal countless, black specks of seed like fine dust, encased in a white, fluffy fibre that easily falls to the ground or gets carried with the wind, to self-seed.
Above is a picture of these willowy seeds. When the seed capsules split this herb has been known to become weedy.
This herb does have many traditional uses but only recently in this century have these medicinal uses been published. It was first mentioned by the famous Austrian Herbalist Maria Treban. Since her book people have started to take notice and the scientific community is begining to study the benifits the herb holds for humans.