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Lythrum salicaria

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
LITH-rum sal-ih-KAIR-ee-ah
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

It is currently against the law in North Carolina and many other states to sell Purple Loosestrife, because it escapes from cultivation and becomes a prolific weed in wetland areas, choking out native vegetation essential for waterfowl. Named cultivars once though to be non-invasive are now known to cross and develop strains which spread. Purple loosestrife is not recommended nor is it legal for cultivation. 

Consider growing native plants. See the list on the sidebar.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#sun#showy flowers#invasive#perennial#pink flowers#weedy#summer flowers#illegal
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#sun#showy flowers#invasive#perennial#pink flowers#weedy#summer flowers#illegal
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lythrum
    Species:
    salicaria
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Africa and Asia-Temperate
    Distribution:
    Naturalized and invasive in the USA
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Intense purplish-pink flowers that bloom in summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The 4 inch long leaves are stemless and lance-shaped and either opposite or whorled in an arrangement.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy