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Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria


Trash It!

Although this plant is very harmful it has a significant effect on the environment. You have likely seen this plant in massive densities. This is a major problem because grow prodomintly in wetland or shoreline habitats. This is a major problem because these habitat are usually full of productive food sources for native animals. However, most native species do not feed on the invasive plant.  Not only that, this plant also can greatly alter the hydrology to it preference. This can even further diminish the amount of habitat for native plants. The way that this plant is able to do this is that it spreads thousands of seeds through the wind. It also has a tap root that allows it to grow even larger the following year. If you seen this kind of invasive plant your property then please contact us as soon as possible and we can take care of it. It can be much more difficult to take care once a large populations is established. There are lots of species that look very similar, so if your are not sure then take a few picture and send them to us. 
Identification: (MISIN)
  • Flowers in cluster at top of the plant, purple in color and have 6 petals. 
  • Leaves are almost linear, but slight wide in middle. 
  • Stem has 4 angles. 
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