* Blossoms 6-petaled, in slender spikes.
* Leaves stalkless, downy, opposite or
* Height: 2-4'.
* Flowers in June - September.
* Habitat: Swamps, wet meadows.
* Range: Eastern and central United States and southern Canada.
* Introduced from Europe.
* Purple loosestrife was brought to America from Europe in the early
1800's, and incorporated into perennial gardens. It is prized for its
deep amber-colored honey.
* Purple loosestrife is a pest; it crowds out native species,
spreads uncontrollably, and is not a significant source of food
* Charles Darwin performed extensive research of insect pollination
of purple loosestrife. He found that a single plant can produce
three thousand individual flowers, and that thirteen hours of
daylight are required for pollination to occur.
* Shakespeare called purple loosestrife "long purples" and "dead