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fireweed, any of several plants that spring up in fire-swept regions, especially the great willow herb Epilobium, which is classified in the family Onagraceae (evening primrose family).
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4-petal pink flowers with thin pointy leaves. Leaf and root used to make tea as anti-inflammatory for digestive, stomach and bowel problems. Young shoots best to eat. There is a different plant also called fireweed- see “Pilewort”
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(Epilobium angustifolium), a perennial herbaceous plant of the genus Epilobium. The inhabitants of Kopor’e, a village near St. Petersburg, used its leaves for making tea (hence the plant’s Russian common name, koporskii chai).
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