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Fireweed

Epilobium angustifolium
Fireweed

Habitat

They are found on roadsides, in fields, clearings and burned-over areas.

Description

They have a bright bunch of large, scarlet-red flowers at the top of a tall plant. The leaves are long and thin. They are green on top and pale below. They bloom July through September. Also called, great willow herb.

 

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Flowers regular with 4 petals on long stalks and arranged around the top of the plant (raceme)

Flower Color: Bright pink

Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Large - 2-8 feet)

Leaf Type: Long, lance-shaped and entire (smooth edge)

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