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.

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