USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
Illustration courtesy of University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Used with permission.
What is Purple Loosestrife?
- No leaf stalk
- Rounded or heart-shaped at base
- Paired or whorled around stems
- Pink-purple colored
- 4-10 feet tall
Where Does it Grow?
Purple loosestrife can be found in meadows, prairies, marshes, ditches, and around ponds and lakes.
Is it Invasive?
Purple loosestrife is non-native to North America. It is an aggressive invader that out-competes the native vegetation for vital resources.
This is a non-native plant that should not be grown as it is invasive and illegal to possess or transport this species in Texas. Please report sightings to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at (512) 389-4800.