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Fireweed | Chamaenerion angustifolium

This native flowering perennial spreads easily and is often found in forest clearings, along roadsides, and in low, wet places. Commonly establishes after fires, hence the name fireweed. Creates 3-6 ft tall spires of pinkish-purple blooms from June through September. A great food source for butterflies, bees, other beneficial insects, and hummingbirds.


Plant Details

HabitatsShallow Marsh, Upland Prairie and Savanna, Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland, Oak Woodland, Bottomland Forests, Riparian Forests
Mature Height3-6 ft.
Shade Preferencefull sun, part shade, shade
Soil Tolerancewell-drained moist to dry soils
Special Usessupports beneficial insects and hummingbirds; erosion control