Plant of the Week: Fireweed (Epilobium augustifolium)

Photography by Paul Scannell (www.facebook.com/paulscannellphotography)

Photography by Paul Scannell (www.facebook.com/paulscannellphotography)

It is the time of year when the brilliant pink flowers of fireweed adorn the wildflower beds of the Wrangell Mountains Center and the roadsides of McCarthy. The flowers are easily recognizable on their tall stalks (racemes) in early to mid-summer. The plant’s deep root system allows it to regenerate rapidly after fire, giving it its common name. Both flowers and leaves are edible and make lovely decorations for baked goods. The new spring shoots are especially tender. As always, only consume wild plants when identified with absolute confidence. 

Posted on July 8, 2016 and filed under Plant of the Week.