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propagating perennials: Chamerion angustifolium-Fireweed
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Chamerion angustifolium-Fireweed

Propagating Chamerion or Fireweed can be done in the spring by breaking apart the crown, with plenty of roots on each piece and transplanting after cutting back any top that remains from the previous year. Fireweed got its name because it is one of the first plants to become established after the aftermath of a fire along with goldenrod and thistle. Its native zone is widespread from 2-9. Butterflies and honeybees enjoy the nectar from its blooms which flower from June through August and the plant will reach a height of 36" to 60". The blooms can range from pink, lavender and white. It is classified as a weed so be careful of its parameters in a garden setting which requires light shade.

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