Fireweed is used as the Alaskan calendar. It is beautiful up-close or viewed as a pink meadow in the distance. When the blooms reach the top of the plant summer is almost over. When the white cottony seeds form, winter is about six weeks away. For some Alaskans the plant is a daily reminder that they have a short summer and they hurry to get things done. The fireweed can bring a range of emotions - happiness, dread, or industriousness.
Fireweed with blooms at the top, showing that summer is almost over.
Fireweed beside log cabin in Carcross, Yukon
Fireweed beside stream
Fireweed with no flowers in ghost town left by miners, near Whitehorse, Yukon
Fireweed that has gone to seed with white fluffy pods near Fairbanks, Alaska