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Chamerion latifolium (L.) Holub
Broad-leaf fireweed, Dwarf fireweed
Synonyms: Epilobium latifolium
USDA Symbol: CHLA13
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low, bushy plant with clustered stems 4-16 in. tall. They bear pairs of somewhat waxy, bluish-green, lance-shaped leaves which increase in length up the stem. The leaves subtend a terminal raceme of large, four-petaled, rose-purple flowers.
Broadleaf Fireweed is a member of the evening-primrose family (family Onagraceae), which includes mainly herbs, rarely shrubs or trees with often showy flowers borne singly, in racemes or spikes, or in branched clusters. The family of about 17 genera and 675 species is found worldwide, but is especially abundant in temperate regions of the New World.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: NL Native Distribution:
AK, s. in mts. to e. CA, ID, UT & CO Native Habitat:
River bars; stream banks; drier, mt., talus slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist (usually) to drier, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Easily grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff