The Native Plant Store can Now be Found Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all the species moved to the new page and all the quirks worked out in the new software so it can function as a searchable library.
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information in this existing library to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Epilobium ciliatum, Northern Willowherb

Epilobium ciliatum

Northern Willowherb

  • Average to slightly rich, high moisture soils
  • Partial shade, -will grow in full sun in wet areas.
  • 24 to 48” tall, 12” to 24” wide 
  • Summer Blooming
  • Native to Ontario, Meadow, open woodland and high moisture ecosystems

This unassuming perennial is quick to appear after disturbance in partially shaded or damp areas. Their base leaves appear each spring in rosettes that can spread to form small patches. As the summer progresses, they shoot up with strong stems which bear clusters of tiny blooms that are later followed by seed pods that split open to release their dust fine seeds that float on the air with the help of their fine threads of silk. 

Trives in my gardens alongside Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Lobelia and Sensitive Fern.

Photos from my garden and by Randy A. Nonenmacher, Forest & Kim Starr, Randy A. Nonenmacher

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality