Fireweed is a self-seeding perennial that displays brilliant pink-purple blossoms on a tall spike of red stems.
Fireweed provides an excellent nectar source for pollinators and butterflies This plant gets its common name from its propensity to quickly fill in fire-damaged areas. Caution should be used when planting in smaller landscapes as Fireweed can be persistent and spread aggressively.
It is able to stay controlled when planted amongst other tall perennials. While this plant is best suited for larger meadow projects, it can find a place in the home garden where other closely planted species can keep it in check.
Self-seeding can be minimized by removing spent flower heads, which will also have the benefit of encouraging more blooms.
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Chamerion angustifolium (Fireweed)
full sun, part sun/part shade
dry, average, moist
height: 4' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: July, August bloom color: pink
good plant companions
This plant can be aggressive in a garden setting, plant in an area it won't spread and give it some competition.
edible parts: young shoots. The pith in older stems is also edible. salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.