Controlling fireweed in the garden is a never ending battle. I am forever plucking stems of this plant from my garden. This time of year in Maine the fireweed is in bold full bloom. Weed or flower?


Up close, it’s actually quite pretty attracting bees and butterflies.


When left unchecked, fireweed aggressively takes over open spaces.


Yet, the clusters of tall spires create a stunning summer show.

Weed? Or Flower? In my garden it’s a weed. In someone else’s space where I can admire its beauty – flower.