per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 19.2 g
Proteins 4.7 g
Fats 2.8 g
Water 70.8 g
Fiber 10.6 grams
Trans Fats 0 ug
Ash 2.5 grams


103 Calories per 100g

Fireweed is a beautiful, deciduous flowering plant that is native to North America and parts of Europe. Found in moist woodlands or clearings, along streambeds, old abandoned farms or railroad tracks, fireweed is a colorful and hardy perennial that can bring life to even the most degraded landscapes.

Fireweed is one of the first plants that takes over when an area is cleared by fire or man for logging or farming. The plant is believed to have taken its name from its ability to appear suddenly along roadsides and freshly cleared lands soon after fires, to brighten up these newly-created habitats. The species’ scientific name, Epilobium angustifolium, is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘upon the husk or pod’ in reference to the fireweed’s large seed capsules that are spiny looking and remain on the stalk for a long time.

The height of the fireweed’s stalk can reach 7 feet and contains deep green, elliptical and narrowly toothed leaves which gives the plant its charmingly untrimmed look. The flowers start as small, green bud clusters and burst open into small (1 inch), delicate canuts with attractive colors of pink to deep purplish-rose. The plant’s flowers bloom in a wave-like pattern, proceeding from the base of the plant to the top. Fireweed flowers are an important source of nectar and pollen for honeybees, bumblebees and other insects.

Fireweed can be found in wildflower meadows, old-growth forests, damp woods and mature grasslands, along with other sun-loving plants. Fireweed usually grows best in acidic soils, but it can tolerate soil with a ph-value up to 7.5. It also enjoys full sun with moisture, but it will also flower in partly shady environments.

Not only is the fireweed aesthetically pleasing, but it also has a variety of uses. Fireweed can be used to treat skin conditions such as burns, cuts or scrapes with, due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Native Americans used it to treat insect bites, wounds, and even stomach aches. The leaves of the fireweed can be boiled in water to release a syrup that is rich in vitamin C, and can be used to treat colds, sore throats, and other ailments. The syrup can also be added to tea to reduce congestion and insomnia.

Other uses of the fireweed include a sweetener for food and as a source of edible ingredients for baking. Its blossoms can be used to make fragrant teas, jams and jellies. The roots and stems of fireweed can be dried and ground into a powder, then added to coffee as a natural flavoring.

Finally, fireweed is considered a valuable plant by growing connoisseurs who can appreciate its value as a hardy perennial that can brighten up any landscape or meadow. Furthermore, as an easy to grow plant, with its attractive flowers, fireweed can become a great addition to any garden. Fireweed’s contributions to pollinators and honey bees make it a valuable member of the ecosystem, and its versatility makes it an important addition to anyone's garden.