About Wild Fireweed
Spikes of 1" magenta to pink flowers on red stems with pointed, narrow leaves.
So named because it rapidly fills open spaces left by fires (spreading by rhizomes and seeds). In England during World War II, it was called bombweed because it filled bomb craters. Does not like to be crowded. Blooms all summer. Formerly Epilobium. Seed from Polk or Burnett County, Wis.