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  Natural Habitat Photographs of the Alaskan Fireweed Flower   Chamaenerion angustifolium, commonly known in North America as Fireweed. It is native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, including large parts of the boreal forests. The common name 'fireweed' derives from the species' abundance as a colonizer of burned sites after forest fires. In summer, rose to violet-colored flowers bring immeasurable beauty to stark landscapes. Flowers have four petals, and resemble the flowers of other evening primrose plant relatives. The petals are so papery thin that they appear luminescent on close inspection. In Alaska, candies, syrups, jellies, honey are made from fireweed. It has traditionally been used for its medicinal qualities...

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