Erechtites hieraciifolia

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Erechtites hieraciifolia

Postby dixieangler » Wed May 09, 2012 8:23 pm

Known by common names as Pilewort, Fireweed, and American burnweed. I want to call this an annual because I don't see it year round. It is around right now though. I have been seeing a lot of them in fact. Peterson's says it can be used for a salad or cooked green. In Asia they eat the leaves raw. An acquired taste for it as the book says is probably being kind for its strong flavor. It looks sort of like a wild lettuce but it has white, not yellow, blossoms from the green bracts or buds. The white blossoms that open from the bracts are also hairlike or downy seeds, not yellow flower petals like the wild lettuce. Anyway I have been seeing a lot of them just about everywhere lately. No, I do not want to eat any.

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