Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #46 Rosebay Willowherb or Fireweed

Chamerion angustifolium, Kingsthorpe

This stunning plant is visible from afar with its masses of bright pink flower-spikes on tall stems often 5ft high or more. Called fireweed for its ability to colonise burnt over, bare ground as a pioneer species, it was a rare plant up until the coming of the railways which disturbed the ground as well as spreading the seeds in the wake of the passing carriages. It attracts pollinating insects and is a food-plant for many others as well, including Elephant Hawk-moth. Also said to have uses in herbalism.

Bright Pink - Rosebay Willowherb at St David's Bradlaugh Fields

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