Epilobium palustre

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOnagraceaeEpilobiumEpilobium palustre


A stoloniferous perennial herb of wet acidic sites, occurring in bogs, marshes, flushes and ditches, and on stream or lake margins. It spreads by wind-borne seed and by turions which form at the ends of the stolons and can be carried off by winter floods. 0-795 m (Foel Fras, Caerns.) and 845 m on Great Dun Fell (Westmorland).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreo-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1146

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Comment on Clonality

Rhizomes produce shoots often more than 10 cm from parent

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2417

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 812

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3

Atlas Change Index: -0.18

Weighted Changed Factor: -6

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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