Chamaenerion Angustifolium

(Fireweed)

Growth: Tall, upright, colonizing by both seed and rhizome with erect stems that can reach 6ft (2m) high. This hardy native perennial can be found throughout most of Canada and the US and has been given the common name “fireweed” for its ability to quickly colonize areas burned by fire. Its natural habitat is forest clearings, meadows and ditches in full to part sun and moist, well-drained soil. Grow in a naturalized setting and be forewarned that it requires attention (deadheading before seedheads develop) to keep it somewhat contained. 

Characteristics: Long, narrow, mid-green leaves are scattered along the erect stem. Flower spikes of up to 50 or more flowers crown the top of the stem in July-August, followed by silky seedheads with parachutes that can carry the seeds far afield in fall. The leaves were traditionally used for making tea and the shoots, high in vitamins A and C, can be eaten as a spring vegetable. The huge amount of nectar produced attracts butterflies and bees, and fireweed honey, jelly and syrup are northern delicacies. Fireweed is the territorial flower of the Yukon.

Size:   Height 24-36” (60-90 cm) 
             Width 18-24” (45-60cm)

Zone: 3  

On site:  1 gal  $12.00