Purple-loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is just one of the deep pink wild flowers of the riverbank. Beside the clear chalk stream of the River Cerne near Charlton Down, its tall flower spikes blend with the Himalayan Balsam and Great Wllowherb. These were not particularly tall specimens, about 50 cm compared with an average height in other locations of 1.5m.

11 Replies to “Purple-loosestrife”

  1. Hi, Linda. No, this plant is a British native wildflower. It was accidentally introduced to North America where it has become such a problem as an invasive plant.

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