from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Epilobium, especially E. angustifolium, having long, terminal, spikelike clusters of pinkish-purple flowers. Also called willow herb.
- n. Any of several weedy North American plants of the genus Erechtites, having small white or greenish flowers grouped in discoid heads.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perennial herbaceous plant (Epilobium angustifolium) in the willowherb family Onagraceae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American plant (Erechthites hiercifolia), very troublesome in spots where brushwood has been burned.
- n. The great willow-herb (Epilobium spicatum).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: The Erechthites hieracifolia, a coarse annual composite of North America, so called from its appearing abundantly where clearings have recently been burned over.
- n. The great willow-herb, Epilobium angustifolium, for the same reason.
- n. The horseweed, Erigeron Canadensis.
- n. A species of plantain, Plantago media.
- n. The jimson-weed, Datura Stramonium; also, occasionally, D. Tatula.
- n. The wild lettuce, Lactuca Canadensis.
- n. The golden ragwort, Senecio aureus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
- n. an American weedy plant with small white or greenish flowers
Spreading rapidly on underground runners, fireweed is one of the first plants to reestablish itself after forest fires.
The amount of bitterness in fireweed shoots varies unpredictably.
Most dominant was what we call fireweed back home because it’s among the first plants to return after a forest fire.
The fireweed is a tall erect perennial that grows from rhizome-like roots.
Babystars, fleabane, and the aptly name fireweed, post-fire denizens of the vegetation world, had already sprouted and were laying claim to the barren slopes.
The fireweed is a good example of adaption because of its adaption to fire through its roots and rhizomes.
It's quick to colonise waste ground, hence the name "fireweed" because it's among the first plants to spring up after a fire.
-- On low lands in the cool, temperate climate of Europe, Asia, and North America, is a common plant here known as great willow-herb, a kind of fireweed
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Or the harbour seals bobbing and splashing as they chase salmon; the beaver, coyote, fox and wolves that wander down its valleys; the silver willow and fireweed thriving on its muddy banks.
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