Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Eurasia
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare here, but aggressively colonizing wetlands in ne US

Look for it in swamps, marshes, other wet places, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species List, 2003
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Whorls of 3, or opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purple
Bisexual
4-6 merous
5-toothed calyx
6 petals (usually)
12 stamens (usually)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lythrum salicaria   FAMILY Lythraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 135-05-002:
Lythrum salicaria   FAMILY Lythraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Loosestrife