from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A herbaceous genus of the natural order Onagraceæ, widely distributed through temperate and arctic regions, and including, according to the latest authority, over 150 species.

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  • noun large widely distributed genus of herbs and subshrubs of especially western North America and Arctic areas


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  • There were many late buttercups, however, and the two fire-weeds, erechthites and epilobium, commonly where there had been a burning, and at last the pearly everlasting.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858

  • Acres of yellow poppies, wild geraniums, bluish in color, saxifrage, magenta colored epilobium, moccasin plants and a hundred others with familiar faces.

    The Boy Scouts on the Yukon

  • The floor of the house was strewn with fresh hemlock boughs, bunches of showy wild flowers adorned the walls, and the hearth was filled with huckleberry branches and epilobium.

    Travels in Alaska

  • Others seem to sail for the pure pleasure of the thing, their canoes decorated with handfuls of the tall purple epilobium.

    Travels in Alaska

  • A few patches of epilobium make gay purple spots of color.

    Travels in Alaska

  • Asplenium, epilobium, heuchera, hazel, dogwood, and alder make a luxurious fringe and setting; and the forests of Douglas spruce along the banks are the finest I have ever seen in the Sierra.

    Steep Trails

  • By the roadside, close to the wheels, I noticed a splendid great purple-fringed orchis with a spike as big as an epilobium, which I would fain have stopped the stage to pluck, but as this had never been known to stop a bear, like the cur on the stage, the driver would probably have thought it a waste of time.

    The Maine Woods

  • _epilobium_, _heracleum_, &c. Bear, wild geese, duck, and grouse also contribute to their food supply, although the present generation of

    Official Report of the Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands for the Government of British Columbia

  • a lakelet, and patches of yellow mosses and garden spots bright with epilobium, saxifrage, grass-tufts, sedges, and creeping willows on the higher ground.

    Travels in Alaska


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