Chamerion angustifolium
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: lulutthulp
  • Description: Perennial from rhizome-like roots gives rise to a leafy, unbranched stem and a terminal raceme of spectacular rose to purple flowers. Grows 80cm to up to 3m tall.
  • Habitat: Moist to dry disturbed areas, meadows, thickets, and riverbanks.
  • Harvest: New shoots in May; leaves from June onwards. Mature stalks for cordage.
  • Edibility: The cooked shoots are a tasty spring vegetable. Roots are used in herbal remedies.
  • Fun Fact: Fireweed is a famous fire-follower, growing en-masse in recently burned areas or other sites of disturbance

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