Pink or Red Flowers
Four Petals )
Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae)
Habitat: Disturbed Ground/Forest Fire Sites
Height: Up to 1.5 m
Description: Often one of the first plants to brighten up a recently burned forest, this appropriately named flower is very common in the Canadian Rockies. It is very tall, with narrow willow-like leaves. The pink flowers grow in a long, dense spike. Not all the flowers bloom at the same time, and often begin blooming from the bottom towards the top of the spike. When in bloom, they have four pink petals which will help to confirm your identification. Very few flowers have only four petals.
An alpine version of this plant, the alpine fireweed (E. latifolium), takes on a lower, more delicate appearance. It tends to hug the ground, rarely exceeding 40 cm in height. The blooms are fewer with four petals interspersed with four sharp sepals.
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