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PlantFiles Pictures: Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

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Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

June 13, 2004
1:04 PM

Post #908063

Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria

Purple Loosestrife in British Columbia, Canada, August 1997

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Scottsdale, AZ

April 6, 2005
12:26 AM

Post #1386268

Hey I have been wondering online it says that purple oosestrife is not found in florida, if so why not?
Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

April 6, 2005
12:37 AM

Post #1386285

An interesting question. I had a look on the web and found this site with a distribution map for Lythrum salicaria in America. I does seem to be missing from the extreme south-east.
It is a cool weather plant from temperate regions, so possibly it finds the climate in Florida too much for it. It is a significant pest in a lot of areas in the US so it is probably a good thing that there are some places free of it.
It is a world wide species, and I have seen it in Canada, England and Australia and it is a native plant in all threee countries. I have one plant in my garden and it does not show any sign of spreading unduly. Still only the one plant after about 15 years!

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