Fireweed . . . is not a weed.
The fireweed is blooming…. from a distance it is a bright, beautiful brush of color along the edges of the forest, roads, lakes and rivers. I find them very pretty. Sometimes I wish I knew who had the privilege of naming things so that I could register my complaints.
Fireweed is a “flower” not a “weed” and it is definitely not the color of fire (it is a pink/lilac color) … so, where is there any logic in its name? I had to find out more about fireweed ….
My research …(wikipedia – the quick source)
- It is named fireweed because it is one of the first plants to grow after a forest fire.
- It is considered an herb and is eatable although bitter if not harvested at the right time and prepared properly.
- In the past, it has been used as a topical treatment for pus-filled wounds.
- Young shoots were often used in salads and the leaves in making teas.
- Currently, in Alaska it is used to make candies, syrups, jellies and even ice cream. The honey made by mostly fireweed nectar has a unique spiced flavor.