Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium, ssp. angustifolium) is found in meadows and woods throughout most of Alaska. Fireweed blooms in July and August.
Fireweed is a tall plant, growing from 2.5’ to 5’ tall, and grows from deep horizontal roots. The bright pink flowers have two large, rounded petals at the base and two slightly smaller rounded petals above. The lower flowers on the long graceful raceme are 1” to 1.5” across and bloom first. Its common name is derived from its ability to revegetate quickly after a fire due to its deep roots that escape damage. The leaves are bright-colored orange-red to purplish in the Fall. The flowers are used to make honey and jelly. The leaves are edible, especially the new (red) shoots in the Spring. Varieties with white or pale pink flowers are sometimes seen. In coastal areas, the plant grows to up to seven feet tall. Another variety, Dwarf Fireweed (Epilobium latifolium) is found along streams, river bars, and on scree slopes in mountains throughout Alaska.
Source: Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers, Verna E. Pratt, Alaskakrafts, Inc., 1996.
This pathtag is one of five of the sixth annual fundraising pathtags for GeocacheAlaska! and features one of our unique flowers. The Alaskan flowers featured in the 2015 series are the State Flower Forget-me-not, Fireweed, Monkshood, Prickly Rose, and Chocolate Lily. The tag designs were created by Design Partner Chris Mackey/fox-and-the-hound of AURA Design Group in coodination with GeocacheAlaska! Sourdough member Ray Menzie/akgh519.
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