Tea, Food, Medicine
Known as Willow Herb (Newbery
Chamerion latifolium, Epilobium latifolium
Family:Onagraceae;Willowherb/evening primrose family
Genus:Chamerion;From the Greek chamai, “dwarf,” and nerion, “oleander,”
Species:latifolium; Having wide leaves
Dwarf Fireweed is a flowering plant that grows in sandy and gravelly moist soil. Often found growing along the banks of rivers and streams, this species has the largest flowers of any flowering plant in the Canadian Arctic. It is often called “river beauty”, referring to its abundant purple-pink flowers.
All of the above-ground parts of Dwarf Fireweed, from the leaves and flowers to its seeds, are edible and were traditionally eaten raw as well as cooked for nutrition and a variety of medicinal purposes.
Scientific Name: Chamerion angustifolium
Raw Fireweed, young leaves (100 grams)
The good: This food is a good source of Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Iron and Phosphorus.
Vitamin A5 721 IU
Vitamin C 99.0 mg
Dwarf fireweed’s parts (leaves, flowers, seed pods) are all edible. They can be eaten
raw or mixed with fat, or even mixed with blood and oil. The leaves are good when
cooked and taste somewhat like spinach. These plants can also be used to make tea.
The tea is good for stomach aches, and to help make a person stronger after they
have bled a lot. As well, the leaves can be chewed to help stop a nosebleed. According
to several sources, these plants are good for helping with indigestion and general
I made tea, as the pot was already containing paunnat plants to brew. I made this brew
for a hot drink, so we became cheerful and got talkative.
Preparation:Broth Use:General health
Preparation:Leaves, Flowers Use:Indigestion