purple loose-strives

purple loosestrife

noun
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:
1540–50

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purple loosestrife

noun
marsh herb with a long spike of purple flowers; originally of Europe but now rampant in eastern United States 
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