Alaska’s most well know and beloved wildflower is the fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium). It can be seen along the highway and sometimes, the roadside corridors are enflamed in pink with this abundant wildflower. It reaches its peak bloom by late July and early August, depending on different geological locations. Fireweed blooms first at the bottom. An old Alaskan saying claims that by the time the fireweed blossoms at the very top, the summer is over.
I love fireweed, not only because it is pretty, but more importantly because my mom loved it. This wildflower often appears as the first wildflower in burned-over lands after wild fire, thus the name fireweed. To my mom, it represents the strong spirit and tough will of wildflowers to survive and to blossom in most splendid way even under the most barren and desolate condition.
Once again, this blog is for my mom!
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