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Purple Loosestrife

A familiar flower of rivers, ponds and lake sides. 


  • Purple Loosestrife: bees losing their strife

    Post date: Friday, 16 December, 2016 - 21:09

    Although the purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria} is a flower of rivers and lake sides the best specimens I have seen are around our garden pond! Some seed collected whilst out on a walk some years ago means we are now treated to a most glorious display of the lovely purple spikes every summer in July and August.

    These are very much part of the wildlife theme in our garden as these tall, multiple, flower heads are adored by bees and hoverflies and on warm days you can hear the buzzing of bumble bees and honey bees from some distance away!

    Whilst I would never advocate the collecting of plants from the wild, collecting some seed and helping them to germinate and establish in a suitable environment where they are benefit to other creatures cannot be a bad thing.


Common Name Purple Loosestrife
Scientific Name Lythrum salicaria
Species Group Primrose Family Primulaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Loosestrife family - Lythraceae
Status Local
Flower Colour Group Purple
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Prominent spikes of purple flowers on a tall strong plant
Additional Identification Notes
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Primrose Family Primulaceae