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Purple Loosestrife is on the lose

Is it a problem, If so how?

It is rare in Missouri's wildlife. Purple Loosestrife threatened and endangered native wetland plants and wildlife by eliminating natural food and cover.

How exactly can it be identified?

Purple Loosestrife has flowers with 5 to 7 purple or white petals. The stem is stiff and 4 sided, often appearing woody at the base of large plants.

What should I do if I see this plant?

If you see this plant in Missouri, report it to the Missouri Department of Conservation right away.

How can I prevent I from spreading?

You could put a plastic bag over the plant and remove all the seeds, you have to make sure not one seed falls to the ground.
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