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This colourful flower produces lightweight seeds that easily blow in the wind. With seeds that are so easily dispersed, this plant is able to rapidly spread and grow in areas that have recently been disturbed by natural or human forces such as flooding or road construction.
All of the above-ground parts of Dwarf Fireweed, from the leaves and flowers to its seeds, are edible and were traditionally eaten raw as well as cooked for nutrition and a variety of medicinal purposes.
Some plants are related to each other more closely than others. Because of this, scientists divide plant species into plant families. Dwarf Fireweed is in the Willowherb or Evening Primrose family, which also includes its plant cousins, Fuschia and Enchanter’s Nightshade.