Fireweed

Epilobium spp.

  • shoots are edible raw.

  • young leaves are edible raw.

  • flowers are edible raw.

  • flower bud clusters can be cooked as vegetable.

  • stem pith can be added to soups as thickener.

  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Common fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) and Dwarf fireweed (Epilobium latifolium).

  • grows in open, disturbed areas in foothill, montane, alpine and subalpine regions.

  • warning: may act as a laxtative if eaten in quantity.

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