- shoots are edible raw.
- young leaves are edible raw.
- flowers are edible raw.
- flower bud clusters can be cooked as vegetable.
- stem pith can be added to soups as thickener.
- varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Common fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) and Dwarf fireweed (Epilobium latifolium).
- grows in open, disturbed areas in foothill, montane, alpine and subalpine regions.
- warning: may act as a laxtative if eaten in quantity.