• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Willow-herb (Bot) A perennial herb (Epilobium spicatum) with narrow willowlike leaves and showy rose-purple flowers. The name is sometimes made to include other species of the same genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Willow-herb a perennial herb (Epilobium) of the evening primrose family—also Rose-bay, Bay-willow, French or Persian willow
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. welig; Low Ger. wilge, Dut. wilg.


In literature:

Willow-herb, tender and wistful, like a pink sunset cloud, was not slow to follow.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
I love willow-herb in seed.
"A Room With A View" by E. M. Forster
In these woods of Chedworth the rose bay willow herbs grow taller and finer than is their wont elsewhere.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Wherever the willow-herb flourishes there a Guadet is serving The Company.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Yet this little herb-like willow, one of the most northerly and hardy of European plants, is a true tree at heart none the less for all that.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
Willow-herb, 206, 226; Fig.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Across where there is a mud-bank the stout stems of the willow herb are already tall.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
Masses of red valerian, and some of the graceful bright rose-bay willow-herb, give colour to the banks and overhang the walls.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
I there saw a bunch of "willow-herb" magnificently modelled.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Willow-herb, tender and wistful, like a pink sunset cloud, was not slow to follow.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
EPILO'BIUM, the willow-herbs, a genus of plants, nat.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Though low of stature, this little willow-herb is a charming plant, with large rosy flowers.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
The leaves of this Willow Herb are oval, with pointed tips, and they are cut into sharp teeth all round the edge.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith

In poetry:

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lowly fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.
"Adlestrop" by Edward Thomas
All down the hill the yellow teeth of stumps
Stud the tramped moss and broken willow herb;
The piled long bolls point northward to the Pole,
Their fragrant lymph seeping from broken veins.
"Tree Felling" by George Woodcock
Then there was salt in life but now none is known,
To me who cannot go either where the white is blown
Of the grass, or scarlet willow herb of past memory.
Nothing is sweet to thinking, nothing from life tree
"When the body might free" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

Chef de Cuisine Anthony Jimenez prepares some herb roasted toy box carrots for display at The Table restaurant in Willow Glen, Calif on Thursday, November 8, 2012.