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purple loosestrife

an Old World plant, Lythrum salicaria, of the loosestrife family, widely naturalized in North America, growing in wet places and having spikes of reddish-purple flowers.
Origin of purple loosestrife
1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • purple loosestrife is a stout, erect perennial herb with a strongly developed taproot and showy spikes of rose-purple flowers.
  • Effects of clipping purple loosestrife seedlings during a simulated wetland drawdown.
  • Raise special purple loosestrife eating beetles to control the invader.
  • How researchers are seeking ways to control the invasive purple loosestrife plant with insects.
  • When purple loosestrife invades a wetland, the species sometimes becomes more dominant than the original native wetland species.

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