Epilobium hirsutum, Great Willow-herb, Son-before-the-Father,
Codlings and Cream, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Gooseberry Pie,
Sod Apple and Plum Pudding,
ערברבה שעירה

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
Family:  Onagraceae, נר-הלילה

 Epilobium hirsutum, Great Willow-herb, Son-before-the-Father, Codlings and Cream, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Gooseberry Pie, Sod Apple and Plum Pudding, ערברבה שעירה, Onagraceae, נר-הלילה

Life form:   Hemicryptophyte
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
Habitat:   Humid habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype, טיפוס התפוצה:   Euro-Siberian - Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Epilobium hirsutum, Great Willow-herb, Son-before-the-Father, Codlings and Cream, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Gooseberry Pie, Sod Apple and Plum Pudding, ערברבה שעירה, Onagraceae, נר-הלילה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Epilobium, epi, upon; lobos, a pod, The petals of these herbs surmount the podlike ovary.
hirsutum, hairy.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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.'