Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria
Family: Lythraceae

Habitat:

Marshes, streambanks, bogs, and shores

Location relative to water:

Rooted onshore or underwater with emergent body

Range:

British Columbia to Newfoundland, California, Missouri, and North Carolina

Flowers:

  • Purple-magenta
  • Grow in spikes 10-40 cm long (4-16 inches) extending from ends of stems
  • Sepals joined into hairy calyx tubes 0.40-0.60 cm long (0.16-0.24 inches)

Fruit:

Leaves:

Stems:

  • Erect
  • 60-150 cm long (24-59 inches)
  • Four-angled
  • Finely hairy
 
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