Loosestrife-Purple

Lythrum salicaria

Family Loosestrife (Lythraceae)
Bloom Summer, fall
Habitat Wet, sun, ditches, roadsides, swamps
Status Non-Native Invasive
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-5′
Flower Flowers are long terminal spike clusters of purple flowers on short stalks.
Leaf Leaves are narrow, long and usually opposite. They can be up to 4″ long.
Notes Stems are stout, upright, ridged and smooth. This is a very showy plant that usually grows in large colonies in wet area often along ditches and in marshes. It is an invasive species that crowds out native plants like cattail.

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