fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

single green stem with clusters of magenta flowers

fireweed

 

Common name: fireweed
Botanical name: Chamerion angustifolium

Light: full to part sun
Height: 4 – 8 feet
Water: moderate
Soil type: flexible rich soils

Perennial wildflower with 1 – 1.5″ magenta flowers in clusters on tall single stem in mid to late summer; common after fires in disturbed areas; spreads aggresively via deep rhizomes; edible when shoots are less than 6″ tall (great in salads!)

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