A native wildflower with showy pink to purple flowers in long, dense clusters blooming late summer.
Fireweed an early colonizer of burned, disturbed areas, was one of the first plants to appear in bomb sites during the London Blitz of World War II, and at Mt. St. Helen's after its' eruption.
High in vitamin A and C, the young spring shoots are a nutritious vegetable, a tea from the leaves tastes similar to black tea and is used to relieve stomach aches. Older stems are used for thread or fiber.
Direct sow fall or early spring.