Chamerion angustifolium (Epilobium angustifolium)
$4.95 – $8.95
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: The 1″ flowers have 4 petals, 8 stamens and a 4-parted stigma. They bloom in a loose spike-like cluster at the top of the plant.
Leaves: The lance-shaped or linear leaves are up to 8″ long.
Alaska is what many people think of when it comes to Fireweed. Native to Minnesota as well, these plants have very showy and beautiful spires of lavender to pink flowers. However, these rhizometous plants can be aggressive and that should be kept in mind when planting. They are excellent for restoration purposes where there is competition and environmental factors to keep them in check.
Food Uses: The young shoots and leaves can be cooked as greens. Older leaves can be dried and used as tea.
Other Uses: Fireweed is very attractive to bees and butterflies.
Name: It is called Fireweed for its ability to regrow quickly after a fire.