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Erechtites hieraciifolia - (L.)Raf. ex DC.

Common Name American Fireweed, American burnweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet areas in Texas-274]. Thickets, burns and waste places
Range Eastern N. America
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Erechtites hieraciifolia American Fireweed, American burnweed


Ted Bodner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Miller, J.H. and K.V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press, Athens.
Erechtites hieraciifolia American Fireweed, American burnweed
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 536.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Erechtites hieraciifolia is a ANNUAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

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Other Uses

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Cultivation details

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

josh   Wed Jan 3 2007

the young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

Danielle   Mon Aug 18 2008

According to Peterson's Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Eastern/Central) it was traditionally used internally as an astringent and tonic, externally for muscular rheumatism & sciatica. Peterson's Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants (E/C North America) suggests the uses that Josh mentioned, above.

Lowki   Sun Sep 20 2009

wikipedia says the young shoots are edible from north american natives, leaves make a tea, high in vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. In Alaska, candies, syrups, jellies, and even ice cream are made from fireweed. Monofloral honey made primarily from fireweed nectar has a distinctive, spiced flavor. medicinal Fireweed is also a medicine of the Upper Inlet Dena'ina, who treat pus-filled boils or cuts by placing a piece of the raw stem on the afflicted area. This is said to draw the pus out of the cut or boil and prevents a cut with pus in it from healing over too quickly.

Wikipedia Fireweed

Chellie G   Wed Jan 13 2010

The plant linked to wikipedia is Epilobium angustifolium not Erechtites hieraciifolia.

www.illinoiswildflowers.info Erechtites hieraciifolia

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