|Scientific name:||Epilobium hirsutum L.|
|Common name:||Great Willow-herb, Son-before-the-Father, Codlings and Cream, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Gooseberry Pie, Sod Apple and Plum Pudding|
|Hebrew name:||ערברבה שעירה|
|Stems:||Up to 50 cm tall; erect and branched; densely hairy|
|Leaves:||Opposite, lance-shaped with toothed edges, and attach directly on the stem (lack petiole), dentate or serrate margin; densely hairy|
|Flowers:||4 pink notched petals with white centers|
|Fruits / pods:||Capsule, loculicidal; long, narrow seed pods that split open to release numerous seeds with long white hairs|
|Flowering Period:||May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts|
|Chorotype, טיפוס התפוצה:||Euro-Siberian - Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Epilobium, epi, upon; lobos, a pod, The petals of these herbs surmount the podlike ovary.
The old English country name of 'Son-before-the-Father' arises because, as Henry Lyte (1529? – 1607), an English botanist and antiquary says in 1578: 'the long huskes in which the seede is contained doe come forth and waxe great before that the flouere openeth.'