Rosebay Willowherb

Back on the North York Moors and a chilly and wet morning run with the dog. Rosebay Willowherb is one of the first plants to grow after forest fires hence the name Fireweed it is sometimes called. The light seed heads are easily carried along in the slipstream of trains and road traffic so Rosebay Willowherb is a great coloniser of railway embankments and road verges.

Another name which must date from the 1940s is Bombweed as it was the first plant to grows in bomb craters.

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