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Plant It !
Fireweed is a great native alternative all around. Not only does this a gorgeous plant become quickly establish especially in disturbed areas. This plant will make a beautiful collection of natural vegetation that will eventually get repopulated by other native plant species. Its bright flowers attract pollinators, and its leaves provide substantial food for wildlife. Since it does best near a shoreline habitat, it can also stabilize erosion on your property. If you are really into native plant alternatives, you can use this plant's leaves for teas, jellies, or syrups which are high in Vitamin A and C.
Identification: (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
leaves are narrow, arranged opposite of each other on stem.
Flowers are pink, with 4 or 5 petals, and grow extended off the stem.
The seeds of this plant are white and fluffy, to disperse in the wind.
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