Epilobium, from Greek words, signifying a flower growing upon a pod. E. augustifolium, and other species, are valuable in shrubberies as thriving under the drip of trees, and succeed everywhere, even in the smoke of cities, and in parks. It is a good plant to adorn pieces of water, being hardy, and of rapid increase, and very showy when in flower.
The species E. spicatum and E. coloratura are indigenous, and may be found growing in great luxuriancy on newly-cleared land, among the raspberry bushes, and in other localities. It produces dense spikes of purplish red flowers, three or four feet high, in July and August. It is often thought to be a species of Phlox, by persons unacquainted with botany, as at a short distance it has some resemblance to some of that family; but, upon examination, it will be found to be very different. It is easily propagated by cuttings of its long, straggling roots. It is found growing in rather a light soil.