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Purple Loosestrife

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Yet another…

Beaver Island Phragmites Control

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Some of these invasive plants can certainly be deceptive.

Unlike Phragmites, whose sharp, grassy stalks form an impenetrable wall, many herbaceous perennials are actually quite attractive. They seem quite soft and fluffy; often producing striking flowers.

Purple Loosestrife is another one.

First introduced to this country in the 1830’s Purple Loosestrife came here as a contaminant of ship’s ballast. It was also brought here as a medicinal herb, for treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding, wounds, ulcers and sores. It was welcomed in gardens for its beautiful flowers; beekeepers appreciated the nectar it provided for their hives (though it did not result in a flavorful honey).

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Let us not be deceived.

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Like all invasive species, this plant does not “play well with others.” It does not co-exist with our native plants. It wants to take over.

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Purple Loosestrife is an herbaceous,wetland perennial that can thrive in a wide range of habitats…

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