Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3285

Subshrub; Forb
Perennial

Native to Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - -

Rare

Look for it in calcareous meadows, marl fens, and disturbed wet calcareous places, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate above, opposite below
Leaves sessile

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Lavender/ Violet
Bisexual
6-toothed calyx
6-lobed corolla
6 stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in a spike, borne in the axils of leafy bracts

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lythrum alatum   FAMILY Lythraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lythrum alatum var. alatum   FAMILY Lythraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Northern Winged Loosestrife


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image of Lythrum alatum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_alatum

May        

The corolla has six narrow lobes that spread outward from a tubular calyx, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Lythrum alatum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_alatum_b

May        

1-2 flowers in the axils of small leafy bracts, crowded along the spike, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Lythrum alatum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lythrum_alatum

June        

To 3' tall, branching occasionally; central stem strongly winged, hairless, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Lythrum alatum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lythrum_alatum_c

June        

Each corolla lobe has a fine line of purple that leads to the flower throat, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.