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Purple Loosestrife Origin

Purple loosestrife is believed to have been brought over from Europe in the early 1800s by settlers for their gardens, and in the soil contained in the ballast of ships.

Photo of purple loosestrife flowers on long vertical spikes.

Purple loosestrife flowers
on long vertical spikes

Photo of purple loosestrife infestation in forest meadow.

Purple loosestrife infestation in forest meadow

Photo credit: MT Dept. of Agriculture (left)
Ag. & Agri-Food Canada Archives, www.forestryimages.org (right)


Reference

Minnesota Sea Grant. http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/exotics/purple.html. Accessed 2006 Aug 30.