One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall willowherb with pink flowers, native to north temperate regions and often spreading on burnt ground.
Epilobium or 'Chamaenerion' angustifolium, family Onagraceae
- ‘This is a white form of our old enemy the rosebay willowherb, but once you have seen it growing in a border backed by dark hedging you will forget all about its evil relatives.’
- ‘It was however simply a plumed seed of rosebay willowherb whose offspring in a late summer breeze swirl through the air like snow in winter.’
- ‘There's the winter debris of the summer's plants, especially the strong gaunt stands of thistles, frizzy wands of rosebay willowherb, and upturned umbrellas of umbelliferae.’
2North American A rhododendron.
Genus Rhododendron, family Ericaceae: several species, in particular Lapland rosebay (R. lapponicum), a dwarf shrub of northern latitudes
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