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03/07/2014 at 23:13

Hi folks,

Any idea what this plant is? It seems to be thriving in the reed bed of a local river and I just wondered what it was.




03/07/2014 at 23:31

It's purple loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria

03/07/2014 at 23:31

Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria. Very pretty

03/07/2014 at 23:32


03/07/2014 at 23:36

03/07/2014 at 23:49

Ah great, thanks both of you

It is very pretty and would be a nice one to put by my pond at home, I think I'll be collecting some seeds in the autumn.



04/07/2014 at 00:00

Actually, maybe not. I just read up on it and it's extremely invasive with 3 million seeds per plant per year and a 100 percent germination rate. Shame as it seems a good one for the bees other wildlife.

04/07/2014 at 06:08

Don't be frightened of it!  I'd sow just a few and try one. Spectacular in a pond that's big enough - up to 7ft.  HC

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