Purple Loosestrife

Photo courtesy of Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Scientific Name Lythrum salicaria L.
Common Name Purple Loosestrife
Family Lythraceae (Loosestrife)
Class Dicot
Description Erect herbaceous perennial, overwinters by root crown, showy purple flowers, prolific seed production
US Distribution Northern two-thirds of US and southern Canada
Worldwide Distribution Temperate northern hemisphere and Australia; not a nuisance in Europe; native to Europe
Ecology Moist soil to emergent shallow water areas, may even grow in moist upland areas
Economic Importance Imported for honey production and as an ornamental
Ecological Importance Major negative impact on wetlands in North America; reduces waterfowl food and nesting
Notes Seedlings established best on moist soil or mudflats
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