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*Lythrum salicaria Linnaeus. Purple Loosestrife. Phen: Jun-Sep. Hab: Swamps, marshes, other wet places. Dist: Native of Eurasia. An extremely noxious weed in the ne. United States, aggressively colonizing and coming to dominate a wide variety of freshwater wetlands, sometimes to the near exclusion of native vegetation.

Origin/Endemic status: Eurasia

Synonymy: = Ar, C, FNA10, G, GrPl, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NcTx, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, Tat, Tn, Va, W, WV, Graham (1975); > Lythrum salicaria L. var. gracilior Turcz. – F; > Lythrum salicaria L. var. salicaria – F; > Lythrum salicaria L. var. tomentosum (Mill.) DC. – F

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: OBL
  • Midwest: OBL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL

Heliophily: 8

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