Interpretive Trail – Post 2: Fireweed & Prickly Wild Rose

Fireweed

Thanks to an abundance of feathery-light seeds (nearly 45 000 are produced by each plant every year!), fireweed can grow just about anywhere and are common in recently burnt areas.  Traditionally, the Ojibway used the roots of Fireweed to make a poultice that would draw out infection from boils and sores.

Prickly Wild Rose

Historically, rose petals were eaten as a snack or included in salad.  The rose hip fruit are high in Vitamin C and make an excellent jelly.  Rose hips are also enjoyed by song birds, ruffed grouse and small mammals.

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