Fireweed, Narrow Leaved Fireweed, Great Willow Herb, Rosebay Willow Herb, Blooming Sally
Chamaenerion dodonei

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Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaenerion (kam-ay-NER-ee-on) (Info)
Species: dodonei

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Seattle, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 16, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a native wildflower so when a coupling of volunteers appeared in my garden last summer I thought I would tolerate them until they bloomed. I saw after about a month that this was a huge mistake. Each had sent runners for yards in all directions. I laboriously dug up the very deep and extensive root system, but this spring a bunch more plants appeared. I dug up each one and found it was growing from a fragment of the old root system.
Pretty wildflower, but should only be planted in a confined area. I have a small strip confined between concrete and planted one of the plants there, where it should be controlled (as long as I dont forget to deadhead it).