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.
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.