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Scientific Name:

Chamerion angustifolium


Fireweed is a perennial herb with tall, spiky clusters of pink to purple flowers. It has narrow, lance-shaped leaves and grows in open areas such as meadows, forest clearings, and disturbed sites.


Open areas, meadows, forest clearings, disturbed sites


Fireweed provides nectar for bees and butterflies. It is also an important food source for wildlife, including hummingbirds and moose, who feed on the plant's leaves and flowers.

Growing Conditions:

Fireweed is adaptable and can grow in a variety of soil types and light conditions


Fireweed has various traditional uses, including as a medicinal herb and a source of food. The plant's young shoots, leaves, and flowers are edible.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Fireweed is often one of the first plants to colonize areas after a fire, hence the common name. It is also an indicator of ecological succession.

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