All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Purple Loosestrife</strong>
<em>Lythrum salicaria*</em> /Loosestrife Family
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 1</span><br> 
This plant has pretty purple flowers, but it can be a serious pest in a...
Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria* /Loosestrife Family
Aquatic
(INN) Rank 1

This plant has pretty purple flowers, but it can be a serious pest in a wetland. It is an aquatic non-native that can crowd out beneficial native plants. I found this plant (and many others like it) growing along South Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge in mid-July.

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