Purple Loosestrife is an invasive plant species found in every state but Florida. These plants are of the Lythraceae family, are found around wetlands, and can grow as high as 2 meters. Each plant has around 30-50 stems with pinkish purple flowers of six petals and can produce about 2 million seeds annually. The plants were brought over from Europe on seed contaminated ships and also brought over as a medicinal herb for dysentery and bleeding.
Purple loosestrife is a plant with a beautiful purple flower. However, this plant has been introduced to areas around the Great Lakes from Europe and it is growing in the wetlands. Because it is not native, it is growing very fast and choking out other plants. This is causing great damage to the wetlands and leading to drying of some of them.
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