Featured Plant

Chamaenerion angustifolium (fireweed)

Chamaenerion angustifolium, commonly known as fireweed, is a native plant that is found throughout the temperate northern hemisphere including some areas in the boreal forests.

Fireweed earned its name because this plant is the first colonizer in the soil after forest fires. Plants grow and flower as long as there is open space and plenty of light. As trees and brush grow larger, the plants die out, but the seeds remain viable in the soil for many years. When a new fire or other disturbance opens up the ground to light again, the seeds germinate.

You can find fireweed through-out the Journey to Churchill landscape and in the planters by the Churchill Coast habitat.