Help with plant identification needed – a pink flower with hairy stems
Do you know the scientific and common name of this flower? I saw these cute flowers in the street while traveling in the Southwest France. The plant is tall and has many pink flowers with the white center and white stamens. The leaves are long and hairy, the stems are hairy too. The blooming time – June.
Looking forward to your suggestions about the name of this plant. Thank you>
Here is the photo of the flowers:
It is Epilobium hirsutum. This plant belongs to the willowherb genus Epilobium in the family Onagraceae. It is commonly known as the great willowherb, great hairy willowherb orhairy willowherb. Local names include codlins-and-cream, apple-pie and cherry-pie.
It is a tall, perennial plant, which stems are profusely hairy with soft spreading hairs.
The native range of the species includes North Africa, most of Europe up to southern Sweden, and parts of Asia. It is absent from much of Scandinavia and north-west Scotland. It has been introduced to North America and Australia.
Willowherb typically grows in wet or damp habitats. It flowers from June to September, with a peak in July and August.