Monday, August 27, 2012
A wildflower commonly seen along the roads in Alaska is Fireweed.
The Fireweed plant produces many bright magenta flowers which progressively bloom further up a central stalk.
As summer progresses, the blooms at the bottom die and the cluster of flowers is found higher up the stalk.
Late in the summer the blooming reaches the top of the stalk.
Local customs say "Once the Fireweed blooms to the top and goes to seed we have six weeks 'til winter." So when we started seeing the fireweed in this condition, we were glad we were about to start south.