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tozzin

When I was a child every spring you could see Rosebay Willow Herb growing everywhere on spare land, bomb sites, at the side of railway lines etc, I think the last time I actually saw the plant was in the early sixties, since then they seem to have pulled up roots ( just a little pun there ) and disappeared, why? Has weed killer removed them all together from our city. Even though it was classed as a weed and it’s seed was blown to every points of the compass by the wind, it’s flowers were a joy to see, it was also known as Fireweed.

 

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They do prefer disturbed land and wasteland, so I suppose there is little of that around these days. When I was a a small child on Ravenscroft Road, Stradbroke, in the early 60s the 'wreck' opposite had loads of this plant and had huge elephant hawk moth caterpillars feeding on them, which were like giant slugs and horrible to pick up! 

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Alastair

There's still plenty of Rosebay willowherb around, but you need to wait till till July onwards to see it in flower.

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tozzin
28 minutes ago, Alastair said:

There's still plenty of Rosebay willowherb around, but you need to wait till till July onwards to see it in flower.

I’ve waited for over forty years but never seen it in flower since my childhood, it was everywhere then and since around the early sixties nothing, only perhaps if I saw it from a train. I suppose the councils constant cutting and mowing before any seeds were set up where I now live never helped matters.

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