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Lythrum salicaria

Common Name(s):
Purple loosestrife
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

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.

Alternatives that are not as weedy:

Season:
summer
Height:
36-60 in.
Flower Color:
intense purplish pink
Hardiness:
3-9
Propagation:
cuttings & division of cultivars, seed
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
moist to wet soil
Regions:
Not recommended nor legal to cultivate in North Carolina because of its status as a noxious weed spreading to wetland areas
Origin:
Europe, naturalized in USA
Tags:
pink, purple, sun, perennial, summer

NCCES plant id: 746

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