Fireweed

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Images of Alaskan Fireweed. How’d it get that name? The name fireweed stems from its ability to colonize areas burned by fire rapidly. It was one of the first plants to appear after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. Known as rosebay willowherb in Great Britain, fireweed quickly colonized burned ground after the bombing of London in World War II, bringing color to an otherwise grim landscape.

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2 thoughts on “Fireweed

  1. Annie January 22, 2019 / 10:11 am

    Fascinating! Lovely photos are very much enhanced by your knowledge of the history of the names of that pretty flower.

  2. Michael Curtis January 22, 2019 / 11:08 am

    Well great images, the color of those flowers really stand out. It’s named good fire weed. Do you have an awesome collection of images.

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