- any of various plants appearing in recently burned clearings, as the willow herb, Epilobium angustifolium.
Origin of fireweed
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There were great fields of fireweed, which presented masses of pink.Canoeing in the wilderness
Henry David Thoreau
Fireweed grew low, but the blooms were large and of a deep rose color.
The fireweed, familiar everywhere in the mountains, shone like a tongue of flame against a background of green.Jack the Young Canoeman
George Bird Grinnell
The Fireweed is cultivated as an ornamental plant in England, where the leaves are also used as an adulterant of tea.Flowers of Mountain and Plain
Edith S. Clements
Here and there were wooded slopes; others were rosy with fireweed that moved softly, like clouds.
- any of various plants that appear as first vegetation in burnt-over areas, esp rosebay willowherb
- Also called: pilewort a weedy North American plant, Erechtites hieracifolia, having small white or greenish flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
- an Australian rainforest tree, Stenocarpus sinuatus, having whorls of bright red flowers
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