Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Purpleleaf Willowherb at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Purpleleaf Willowherb, Bronze Willowherb, Eastern Willowherb
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There are some difficulties in distinguishing this and E. ciliatum in our area, per Weakley's Flora.
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The flowers are less than 1/4" wide, with pink or white notched petals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
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Sepals ovate, 2.5-3mm long, pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
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Leaves narrowly lanceolate & fine-toothed, their bases decurrent on the stem, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
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A freely branched perennial to 3' tall. Stem & branches often red-purple, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.