Fireweed . . .
The flower showing off in abundance this week is the fireweed. A common late summer flower in Minnesota, it is flaming in the ditches everywhere (well, almost). From a distances the flower groups do look like pink/purple flames blowing in the breeze. Up close, they are delicate looking flowers that are a popular hangout for many honey bees, dragonflies, butterflies and other insects. (click images for full-sized version). It grows best in areas that have been recently cleared or burned and it seems to thrive near areas of moisture found in the ditches along wooded roads.
Fireweed is the only type of fire Smokey Bear is okay with. In honor of Smokey’s 70th birthday this weekend (August 9th)… Remember.
Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!