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Photo of purple loosestrife flowering stalks showing purple flowers

Purple Loosestrife

Don’t be fooled by the pretty flowers—this plant is a disaster for the environment. Purple loosestrife invades wet habitats, such as freshwater marshes, fens, sedge meadows, and wet prairies, but also roadside ditches, on river- and stream banks and the edges of lakes and reservoirs.

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Photo of purple loosestrife flowering stalks showing purple flowers

Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria
Anyone who’s seen what purple loosestrife has done to New England and the Northeast can tell you how invasive this plant is. Learn how to identify it, so you can report any findings to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Photo of purple loosestrife colony invading a shoreline

Purple Loosestrife (Colony)

Anyone who’s seen what purple loosestrife has done to New England and the Northeast can tell you how invasive this plant is. Learn how to identify it, so you can report any findings to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Steve Buback flower inventory

Steve Buback flower inventory

Steve Buback keeps an inventory of unusual wildflowers that bloom on loess hill prairies in northwest Missouri.

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