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.