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Fireweed by Teresa Zieba

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Featured in Wildflowers of North America – Nov 9, 2012
Featured in Wildflowers of the World – Oct 6, 2012

Fireweed or (mainly in Britain) Rosebay Willowherb is a perennial herbaceous plant in the willowherb family Onagraceae.

Genus: Chamerion
Specie: Narrow-Leaf Fireweed (Chamerion Angustifolium)
Alternative Names: Epilobium Angustifolium
This specie is native to North America north of Mexico.

A very vigorous plant spreading by roots just below the surface and also by feathery seeds that can be seen blowing across the land in their thousands on a windy day.

This herb is often abundant in wet calcareous to slightly acidic soils in open fields, pastures, and particularly burned-over lands; the name Fireweed derives from the species’ abundance as a coloniser on burnt sites after forest fires.

It is also a flowering dicot. Plants in this group have two embryonic leaves (dicotyledons). Examples of dicotyledons are beans, buttercups, oaks, sunflowers, etc.

Used in medicine or pharmacological research and as a source of food for Honey Bees, and may be a flavor of honey such as clover or alfalfa.

It is a plant that is known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Photographed in Yellowstone National Park.

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    A lovely capture

  • Thank you so much.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 5 years ago

    pretty colors

  • It’s a lovely flower. Thanks.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous plant!!

  • Thank you Stephanie. This plant has a very distinctive colour. You can spot it from far away.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    lovely hon

  • Thank you Vickie. I loved the colour of this plant.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!! Great DOF on this one!!

  • Thank you Blair. I appreciate your visit and lovely comment.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • paolo1955
    paolo1955over 5 years ago

    Great image, love the shot.

  • Thank you Paolo.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...almost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture !!!!


  • Thank you, I will.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much for featuring my work Kala. I’m very honored.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thank you so much for this honor Lorilee. I’m delighted with it.

    – Teresa Zieba

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