Common name: Purple loosestrife
U.S. Distribution: Common in New England and Minnesota, south to Virginia
Height: Up to 2 ft.
Foliage: Opposite or in whorls of 3, sessile, lanceolate
Flowers: Red-purple flowers arranged in terminal spikelike panicles
Bloom time: June to September
Habitat: Marshes, wet meadows, stream margins, shores of lakes
Soil: Very moist soils, alluvial soils
Other: Invasive plant that can quickly overtake native vegetation.
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