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Re: Fireweed

At 02:24 PM 5/17/96 MDT, you wrote:
>.  There is a 
>flower called "Fireweed" that looks to be a tuber or rhisome, coming up 
>everywhere.  They have large red/pink flowers that look like delphiniums 
>from the pictures. 

Sorry for the second posting.  Fireweed is very common around here.  It is
called Fireweed because it is one of the first colonizers after a fire.
Seeds are everywhere.  The root is tuberous.  The color is a magenta pink.
It is attractive.  It is properly Epilobium augustifolium and blooms
in.......August.  But its bloom period actually starts earlier and lasts a
long time.  It is pretty but is NOT a garden plant, much too aggressive and
does nicely (meaning, it behaves itself) where it has to compete but given
no competition, it takes over.  Pity, because it is VERY attractive.  It
grows to 6 feet and spreads by root or by seed.  In a waste spot it could be
a jewel.  Mostly along the roadsides up here.


Lee DeJongh  Rhinelander Wi

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