From Oregon Flora, Gardening with Natives:
Fireweed is known for its brilliant spires of pink blooms that begin opening from the base of the flower cluster, leaving darker magenta buds along a reddish stalk to form the point of the spire. Leaves are long and pointed as well, and can be cooked as braising greens. In fall, seed pods will release clouds of feathery white fluff with their seeds. This vigorous perennial will spread more quickly in a moist garden than a dry one. Fireweed can successfully reclaim a disturbed site and is often found in burned or clearcut forests in the wild.
- Full Latin Name
- Chamaenerion angustifolium
- Chamerion angustifolium, Epilobium angustifolium