The Purple Loosestrife is Coming!!

By Clara Elliott

What is a Purple Loosestrife?

The Purple Loosestrife is a plant that grows on ditches. it grows to 1 to 2 meters tall forming all kind of other cones around it in other ditches. It is a weed that looks like a flower which has a horizontal underground stem it is called a rhizome, can produce 30 to 50 erect stems. The stem of the Purple loosestrife is wood and square. Each of this plant can form Purple Loosestrife up to 2.5 meters high and 1.5 meters wide. Each of these weeds has 5 to 7 pink and purple coloured pedals.
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Why? and Who?

Why is the Purple Loosestrife used you say? The Purple Loosestrife is now used in hospital for decoration. The Purple Loosestrife is a wetland plant. The native found in Europe and Asia that was brought to North america in the early 19th century.
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Where? and When?

Where-the purple Loosestrife is found in ditches and in wetlands .

Also was found in Europe and Asia, but now you can find them any

where in June, July and August


When- It all started in the 19th century when the weed was shipped to the eastern coast of north america.

Facts

The Purple Loosestrife are natural enemies with bettles who are feeding on their plant


right now people around the world are trying to take control of this weed so other

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How we can HELP.

You and all your other family and friends can learn how to identify the Purple Loosestrife and other invasive species.


Instructions of how to get the weed OUT! The best way to remove the weed is in June' July and early August. when it is all grown small places can be dug out. cutting the flower stalks before they go to seeds ensures the seeds will not produce future plants.Do not compost or discard them is nature areas, put them in a plastic bag and put them in the garbage

learn more at www.purpleloosestrife.com