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Fireweed Alaska's state flower?


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The fireweed is not the Alaska state flower, but it should be. I suppose it is to Alaska what bluebonnets are to Texas. They are absolutely glorious now and abounding on the roadsides and in fields. They are a pinkish red wildflower shaped like a bluebonnet, growing upright with smaller delicate individual flowers making up the cone shaped presentation.

It starts blossoming at the bottom of the stalk and as the blooms make their way up, they are an indication of the progress of summer. As they reach their peak and even the tops are ablaze in color, it is a bittersweet beauty for the locals who know that means summer is almost over.
This was taken on July 22nd on the road from Anchorage to Seward.
Right now they have reached the midpoint and their presence along the road make beautiful traveling companions.
Just about blossomed to the top in August
This was taken on August 28 during our stay at Lake Louise. They form little cottony wispy things that float in the breeze to carry the seeds for next year's spectacular show.
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