This is a very common native species, found throughout our region in moist, sunny areas. It can be a wetland indicator, but is not wetland obligate. Often very abundant in disturbed ground with rich, moist soil. It forms loose clumps from a basal rosette, with long, straight stems, and lanceolate, toothed, and heavily veined leaves. Multiple branches at the top of the stalk have opposite leaves and bracts at the base of the flowers. Flowers, which bloom all spring and summer, are small (1/2” wide), pink or white, veined, with bifid petals.
There are a lot of willowherbs and many of them look similar. I am grateful to Craig Sondergaard for confirming my identification on this one.
Size- Up to 5’ tall
Habitat- Damp, open ground; also frequent in disturbed ground
Range- Region wide
Blooms- All spring and summer