Discussion in 'Gardening and Landscaping' started by OldLady, Aug 14, 2018.
Looks a lot like what we call fireweed.
Carpet phlox, the really old fashioned kind, seems to be the most popular up here. It grows all over our old cemeteries--Where my gr-gr grandparents are buried is like this in June.
It's like that here, too.
Only in Russia, guy.
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It is fireweed... Chamaenerion angustifolium is the proper scientific Latin name. There are other names as well
Chamaenerion angustifolium - Wikipedia
Did you know it's actually edible??? I didn't until doing a search.....
Raw Edible Plants: Rosebay willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
The young shoots and young leaves can be used raw in a salad. The older leaves become tough and bitter. Cut the young plant down (at about 20-30cms) and it will sprout up again with plenty of side shoots, usually once or twice within the same season
The flower stalks can be eaten raw but make sure the flowers are still in bud. The pith of the red stems can be scraped out and eaten raw. You can remove it with a finger nail on the younger plants. You'll need a sharp knife for the older stems which are very tough. It is similar to cucumber and astringent in nature but there is not much of it. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute. Green tea made from rosebay willowherb leaves taste very similar to nettle tea. The leaves can also be made into a black tea by fermenting and drying. The root can be eaten raw but we found it to be bitter. The root is fairly shallow rooted so easy to dig out of the soil but will also break easily.
The older leaves, flower stalks with buds and root can be cooked by steaming or boiling. Boiling the root may reduce or remove the bitterness.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner... I'm color blind, they are yellar right?
I think we've moved beyond yellar, somehow. But that's okay.
And those look a lot redder than the ones here, which are a faded pink/purplish.
My infatuation with the Fireweed comes from short spell I spent in Alaska... My first introduction to the weed came from the Flophouse I was staying in... The Fireweed Hotel... 3 Story building with 10 rooms per floor sharing 1 communal toilet per floor...
Then on a excursion up into the Matanuska Valley I learned why they were called the Fireweed... Holy shit Batman that was almost 40 years ago...
I had heard it is called that because it tends to grow in newly cleared areas like where there has been a wildfire. I've seen pictures of the "year after the fire" that was covered in fireweed. But we have stands of it here that have been growing for years and years, and there was no fire there. So I always wondered.
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