Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
Loosestrife Lythraceae family

Leaves: are lance shaped, somewhat clasping to the stem, and grows in pairs or sometimes in whorls of 3.

Flower: Purple flowers in a dense spike, showy, 1/2-3/4" wide, with 5 or 6 petals.

Form/habitat: Grows in swamps and wet meadows, often growing in large colonies to the exclusion of native plants. Is an exotic species native to Eurasia. Currently there is extensive research underway about how to effectively control the spread of this species. Summer.

NWI Status: FACW+

Text by Morgan Jenkins for CES301.

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