Rosebay Willowherb

The tall, pink flower spikes of Rosebay Willowherb can often be seen crowding together in thick stands in open spaces such as woodland clearings, roadside verges, grassland and waste ground. A successful coloniser, Rosebay Willowherb has grown in number from a scarce woodland plant to a ubiquitous flower. This expansion occurred as a result of two World Wars clearing huge areas of forest and burning the ground in both town and countryside – just the right conditions for this plant to thrive in. One of its common names in the south-east alludes to this takeover: ‘Bombweed’.| The Wildlife Trusts

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