Saturday, February 19, 2011

Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria, or purple loosestrife, is an invasive species that was introduced to North America from Eurasia by the nursery industry. Unfortunately it has made it out into the wild where it has quickly overtaken native plants, especially in wetland areas like Purgatory Creek where I took this photo.

6 comments:

Luna Miranda said...

very pretty! the color is gorgeous.

Greyscale Territory said...

O so lovely! Such a strong, dramatic colour!

Jama said...

They are so pretty, with such eye catching color.

lotusleaf said...

It is so pretty, you can overlook its invasiveness.

guild-rez said...

Great picture!!
The flowers look beautiful.
But very invasive in Ontario, Canada as well.
Gisela.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Terribly invasive, and subject to intense eradication procedures, but still a beautiful flowering plant. Nice photo.