Purple-loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria

Alternative names
Purple Loosestrife

Stout, tall, grey hairy, tufted plant to 1.5 metres. Stems with 4, sometimes more, raised lines. Leaves opposite in whorls of three, the upper sometimes alternate. Flowers reddish purple, 10 to 15 mm in whorls forming long spikes, usually with 6 petals and 12 stamens.

Identification difficulty

Freshwater margins.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but scarce in Scotland except for the west coast.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 41 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map