Fireweed seeds

Fireweed Seeds – Willowherb Flower Seeds – Epilobium Angustifolium

Fireweed(Epilobium Angustifolium) – Start Fireweed seeds for this versatile perennial that offers beauty as well as value as a medicinal herb. The perennial has slender upright spikes of flowers in shades of rosy pink in the months of June – September. It gets its name from the fact that it is often the first weed to colonize in an area that has been destroyed by fire.

Medicinal uses

Native Americans used the Willowherb plant as a good source of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. Medicinally, the herb seeds can also be grown to relieve inflammation, draw out infection in wounds, and to treat burns.

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How to grow

How To Grow Fireweed From Seed: Fireweed seeds do best with a cold/moist treatment for 4 weeks prior to planting, or directly sow the herb seeds outdoors in the fall.

Do not cover seeds, but gently press them into the soil. Seeds must be kept moist until germination begins in 14 – 21 days after the cold stratification.

  • Sowing Rate: 5 – 10 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 14 – 21 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Do not cover, press seeds in gently
Flower Specifications

Other common names include: Willow Herb, Rosebay Willowherb, and Yanagiran. Fireweed is very attractive to bees and butterflies, and Fireweed honey has become quite sought after.

Fireweed Seeds

Looking for a bold, quick-spreading wildflower? Fireweed does not disappoint! Magenta-pink blooms add bright color to the sunny garden in the summer months. Be sure to plant this beauty in an area you would like it to spread to! Annual.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Fireweed Epilobium Angustifolium Seeds

Fireweed Epilobium Angustifolium is a herbaceous perennial herb native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. If Fireweed seeds are started indoors, the cold stratification method is required for 4 weeks to boost germination, or the seeds can be sown without any pre-treatment directly outdoors in fall. Also commonly called Rosebay, Rosebay Willow Herb, Great Willow Herb, Blooming Sally, Blackheart, and Yanagiran, Epilobium Angustifolium or Chamerion Angustifolium is a vigorous fast-spreading, upright-growing, rhizomatous perennial wildflower that grows up to 36-48 inches blooming from June to September with the ornamentally stunning spikes of small, saucer-shaped, bright pink to purple flowers on a top of stiff woody stems with narrow, willow-like leaves. The fragrant Fireweed flowers attract masses of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds like them too.

Fireweed is a popular wildflower for mass plantings as a honey plant in naturalized areas to attract bees, and other garden uses include group plantings, rock gardens, borders, cottage and butterfly gardens. Epilobium Angustifolium seeds are have to be just slightly pressed into the soil, and the common name Fireweed is originated from the fact that Chamerion Angustifolium is the first weed to grow in areas that have been destroyed by wild fires or volcanoes. The established Fireweed grows best in full sun or partial shade and rich, loose, moist soil. All parts of Rosebay Willow Herb plant are edible, and it has has been used by Native Americans as a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Medicinally, Great Willow Herb has been used to relieve inflammation, draw out infection in wounds, and to treat burns.

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Season: Perennial
Height: 36-48 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Environment: Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Rich/Moist well-drained, pH 6.1-6.5
USDA Zones: 2-9

Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (6-8 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Fall
Seed Depth: Surface sowing – press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-30 Days