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Mtis Asparagus: Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

Fireweed also called willow-herb or bouquets rouge is 150cm. - tall perennial with lance shaped leaves and pink flowers with four petals and long seedpods. The stems are sometimes used as a substitute for smoking tobacco. tea made b! boiling the entire plant is used to treat intestinal worms. The root can be peeled and chewed into a paste to draw infection out of abscesses and boils. "t also prevents infections in wounds. The new shoots of Fireweed are harvested in late spring or earl! summer. The! are a delicac! peeled and steamed or eaten raw as a substitute for asparagus. #oung shoots are harvested with a knife in the spring when 15 cm to $5 cm high when the leaves are still rolled up. This herb is often abundant in wet slightl! acidic soils in open fields% pastures% and particularl! burned-over lands. The name Fireweed derives from the species& abundance as a coloniser on burnt sites after forest fires. The whole plant is edible and the tea from the leaves is stronger than chamomile when used to alleviate restlessness. The !oung shoots were often collected in the spring b! boriginal people and mi'ed with other greens. The! are best when !oung and tender( as the plant matures the leaves become tough and somewhat bitter. The s!rup was e'tracted and used b! boriginal people as a binder in berr! cakes that will dr! solidl!. Fireweed contains antiseptic compounds which inhibit bacterial growth( and antiinflammator! substances. )ome tribal peoples used fireweed medicinall! to topicall! treat infected wounds. *odern herbalists regard it as an antispasmodic medication taken internall!. First +ations used fireweed e'ternall! for burns and other skin conditions% and drank it as a tea for gastro-intestinal and bronchial problems.

,ompiled b! -awrence .arkwell ,oordinator of *etis /eritage and /istor! 0esearch -ouis 0iel "nstitute