Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), shown below, is an invasive plant that was spotted during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park on 29 August 2014.

One mature plant can produce more than 2 million seeds annually. Seeds are easily dispersed by water and in mud adhered to aquatic wildlife, livestock and people. Source Credit: Purple Loosestrife, Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants Program, Cornell University.

Park staff members removed these plants soon after I photographed them. If you see this plant anywhere at the park, then please stop by the Visitor Center in order to notify a staff member of your sighting.

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Kevin Munroe, Manager, Huntley Meadows Park, and Matt Ryan, Naturalist, for identifying the flowering plant shown in my photos. I knew the plant was one I’d never seen at the park; I didn’t know it’s an invasive species that spreads rapidly.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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