Fireweed

Chamerion angustifolium

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  • Fireweed | Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) in Denali National Park. Photo: Jacob W. Frank, NPS
  • Fireweed | Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) in Denali National Park. Photo: Jacob W. Frank, NPS
  • Fireweed | Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) in Denali National Park. Photo: Jacob W. Frank, NPS
  • Fireweed | Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) in Denali National Park. Photo: Jacob W. Frank, NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Myrtales

Family

Onagraceae

Size

1.5-6 ft

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Linear

Blooming Season

Summer-Fall

Bloom Color

Pink

Attracts

Honeybees, Hummingbirds, Moths

Can I eat Fireweed?

Young Shoots are traditionally mixed in with other wild greens. As the plant matures it becomes bitter.

Medicinal uses for Fireweed

Dena'ina Native Alaskans would use it to treat pus-fill injuries. They would place a raw stem on the area and use it to draw the pus to the surface.

Fireweed Habitat

Meadows, Mountains, Disturbed Areas, Burned Areas

Fireweed Facts

Fireweed is often used to help revegitate disturbed areas because it grows easily in a variety of areas. This tendency to colonize quickly makes it an ideal pioneer species. It is the larvel host to the White lined sphinx moth.

Fireweed Distribution



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