Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria

Adult
Purple Loosestrife adult
Purple loosestrife is a semi-aquatic perennial growing six to eight feet tall.
Rosette
Purple Loosestrife rosette
Leaves are lance shaped with smooth margins up to five inches long.
Weed Infestation
Purple Loostrife infestation
Purple loosestrife is a European plant probably introduced to the United States as an ornamental. It reproduces by both seed and creeping rootstocks. Infestations can impede water flow and replace beneficial plants and thus displace wildlife. It can be found in shallow marshy wetland areas and ditches.
Flower
Purple Loosestrife flower
There are five to seven petals on rose-purple flowers that appear in columns along the upper end of stems. Bloom is in midsummer.
Root
Purple Loosestrife root
 
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