Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fireweed: The End is Near

Fireweed is blooming along the North Shore. I love the bright colors and proud stance of this native flower, but I know that its appearance means we're at the peak of summer. Fireweed says, "Get going, this summer ain't gonna last."

Here are a few fun facts about Fireweed:
  • Although it's best known for pioneering new territory after a fire, it is also very common along newly-built roads. The pictures in this blog post are from the new scenic pull-out off Highway 61 by Split Rock. In my experience, fireweed shows up in abundance on new roadsides in the second and third years after road construction.
  •  Fireweed is most common in maritime areas with short hot summers...sounds like the North Shore to me. 
  • In Great Britain, it is known as the Rosebay Willowherb. Olympics fans may like to learn that it is the County flower of London.


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