Plant A Day – Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria

Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria

Purple Loosestrife is the scourge of wetland managers.  It’s really beautiful in dense stands along lake edges, but it chokes out everything else and thus must be eliminated.

Groupings of Purple Loosestrife are a pretty sight.

Groupings of Purple Loosestrife are a pretty sight.

Whole plant

Whole plant

Leaves can be opposite or ...

Leaves can be opposite or …

... whorled in groups of three.

… whorled in groups of three.

Branching flowerheads

Branching flowerheads

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