Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants: guide.

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Salix caprea

Saule marsault
Pussy Willow


Additional information

Plant family


Provence Verte

Flower colour


Flower size

♂ 30-70 mm

Flowering months



Leaf type



10 m


The leaves are broader than any other Willow. The flowers appear before the leaves.

Damp, swampy conditions.


Male and female flowers (catkins) are on separate trees. The male catkins are round, grey, silky turning yellow; the female catkins are elongated in shape, curled.


Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, alternate, serrated or entire, long stalked, 4-10 cm long, 5 cm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: long, in 2 parts, splitting open when ripe to reveal cotton-woolly fluffy seeds, to be dispersed by the wind.


Bark: willow bark has been used since the 1st century A.D. for pain relief and to lower fever. Willow yields salicylic acid, which was first synthesized in 1838 and provides the basis of aspirin.

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