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Fireweed Fireweed flowers and seed pods

Epilobium angustifolium

Evening Primrose Family

Fireweed is usually found in woodland areas that have been cleared or burned off
Not often seen in St. Lawrence County, 10 years have passed since I spotted some in an area cleared near Heuvelton, NY. I've finally managed to replace the poor photos from that time.

Very striking plant especially in mass.

Carried by silky threads seeds are dispersed over large areas.

July 27, 2008
Utility work has cleared areas along Route 56 allowing some large stands of Fireweed to become a common sight along the road.


Soil Type - most
Soil ph - neutral
Water - moist to dry
Light - Full sun - partial shade


Height - 3 to 7 feet
Time of bloom - July - Sept
Flower colors - Pink-red,
Propagation - Seed
Transplants - ?

Fireweed Fireweed flower