Tall Fireweed close-up
Fireweed is a very common roadside and trailside plant. It is often incorporated into Alaskan artwork. This plant frequently grows after a fire, giving it it's common name. It grows up to 3 feet tall. According to Native lore, when the last flowers on the top of the stalk finish blooming, autumn will be 2 weeks away. Fall begins in late August or early September in much of Alaska!