fireweed fireweed  /ˈfaɪ ər ˌwid/


  1. (n) tall North American perennial with creeping rootstocks and narrow leaves and spikes of pinkish-purple flowers occurring in great abundance in burned-over areas or recent clearings; an important honey plant
  2. (n) an American weedy plant with small white or greenish flowers


  1. Homemade breakfasts include local delicacies like fireweed honey and salmonberry jam.
  2. They tussled with the Mexican fireweed that had got into the oats, stopped to oil the binder, took a swig from the canvas water jug, worked on.
  3. Monkshood and fireweed were other prominent indicators of sites.



  • "Traditionally, our people collected the fur off the bushes in the summer time when [the mountain goats] shed," Bill said by phone from Bellingham. "The original blankets were a mix of mountain-goat wool, cattail fluff and fireweed fluff...
    on Apr 17, 2007 By: Bill Holm Source: Seattle Times

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