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Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Plant Data

Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Lythraceae (Purple Loosestrife)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Purple, 6 petals
 
Bright purple flower spikes in whorls up the stem, 6 petals.
Fruit:
The fruit capsules are enclosed within the sepals and consist of many reddish tiny seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves can be either opposite or in whorls of 3, and are sometimes slightly hairy. They are stalkless, long and slender, and are either heart-shaped or rounded at the base of their leaves.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and roots can both be eaten, cooked. Purple Loosestrife is a great source of calcium.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Purple Lythrum, Rainbow Weed, Salicaria, Spiked Loosestrife, Swamp Loosestrife.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, farmland, fens, marshes, meadows, ponds, riverbanks, swamps, waterside, wetland, woodland.