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What is Winged Loosestrife?
- Elliptical to sword shaped
- 2.17 inches long
- 0.39 inches wide
- Stalk 0.2 inches long
- Oval-shaped petals
- Purple, red, lavender, or blue in color
- Petals 0.16-0.28 inches long
- 3+ feet tall
Where Does it Grow?
Winged loosestrife can be found in meadows, prairies, marshes, ditches, and around ponds and lakes.
Pros and Cons of Winged Loosestrife
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.