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Fireweed

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1999

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium), 4"-10" high; on the Kenai Peninsula can grow up to 7 feet high. It invades burned woodlands and cleared land. It is said that you can tell how far along the summer is by how high up on the stalk the flowers are blooming; the higher up the blooms, the later into the summer. The flowers are used to make honey and jelly. The leaves are edible, especially the new (red) shoots in the spring. I shot this on July 4, 1999 on our last day in Anchorage.


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