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Fireweed (Chamerion)

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Fireweed Genus Details

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This beautiful perennial herb is a member of the evening primrose family. It forms extensive colonies by growth from a thick rootstock. Stems are simple or branched and the leaves are spirally arranged around the stems. There are many longish purplish flowers, drooping in the bud. Fireweed reaches 4 to 8 feet high and is found in dry, disturbed areas. The roots and leaves of this herb are said to have astringent and tonic properties. When used in ointment, this herb has been used to treat infant skin infections. Most notably, this herb has been used in the treatment of whooping-cough.

Fireweed Allergy Info

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This genus is not known to be an important source of pollen allergies.

Fireweed Pollen Description

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No pollen description is currently available.

Species in This Genus

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Allergenicity Legend:
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Fireweed (Chamerion) is a genus of the ONAGRACEAE family.
This genus includes the following allergenic species:

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Fireweed Genus Location

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The shaded areas on the map indicates where the genus has been observed in the United States. Click the map to see a full scale version of these allergy areas.
  - Native, observed in a county
  - Introduced, observed in a county
  - Rarely observed

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