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Loosestrifes (Lythrum)
The loosestrifes (Lythrum) are a fairly small group of flowering, herbaceous plants. Many loosestrifes prefer very wet soils and so are strongly associated with habitats like marshes, bogs, and other wetlands. Bearing spikes of showy flowers, several loosestrifes are popular ornamentals, however, some ornamental species' hardiness and aggressive growth habits have turned them into invasives.
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The loosestrifes genus comprises herbaceous perennials known for vibrant flowers, thriving in full sun to partial shade. Basic care needs include moist, well-draining soil and consistent watering. Frequent issues involve mildew and rust, alongside pests such as aphids. Seasonal consideration warrants increased moisture retention in summer and insulation through mulching before winter. Pruning in late winter or early spring promotes healthy growth. Being adaptable, loosestrifes performs well in temperate zones but may need protection from extreme conditions.
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8 most common species:
Lythrum salicaria
Purple loosestrife
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is found in Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. It attracts bees and butterflies as well as the loosestrife beetle which specifically targets the leaves of this plant. In some regions, the fast-growing purple loosestrife has become an invasive species that can outcompete native species.
Lythrum hyssopifolia
Grass-poly
The grass-poly plant is native to Europe but is popular in other places like Australia and North America. The flowering plant is sometimes seen as a weed by farmers in moist habitats.
Lythrum junceum
Creeping loosestrife
Creeping loosestrife is a perennial herb that grows naturally in freshwater and other wetland habitats. It grows predominantly as a wild plant, and cultivation is rare. The plant produces pink flowers that are pleasant to witness when seen in the wild. It is considered invasive in parts of northern Europe.
Lythrum alatum
Winged loosestrife
Winged loosestrife is a wildflower that produces pretty purple flowers with the look of wrinkled tissue paper. Winged loosestrife, or Lythrum alatum, grows along stream banks and other moist areas. It is considered endangered in some areas of the United States and invasive in others.
Lythrum virgatum
Wand loosestrife
Wand loosestrife is a summer-flowering herbaceous perennial which forms clumps and is attractive to pollinators. European wand loosestrife presumably gets its name from its wand-like appearance and being native to Europe. It is considered invasive in parts of the USA.
Lythrum tribracteatum
Three-bract loosestrife
Three-bract loosestrife prefers damp habitats, particularly ponds, making it an excellent ornamental option alongside a water feature or in a rock garden. Three-bract loosestrife's pretty lavender petals make it a hit among the butterflies, so it's a good choice for bringing wildlife into the garden.
Lythrum portula
Water purslane
A flowering member of the loosestrife family, water purslane (Lythrum portula) is most easily identified by its fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves, which are green with red undertones. The tiny flowers, if they appear, bear pink or white petals that measure about a millimeter long each. This species has a marked preference for moist areas, such as marshlands.
Lythrum salicaria 'Feuerkerze'
Purple loosestrife 'Feuerkerze'
Purple loosestrife 'Feuerkerze' is a double-flowered purple loosestrife cultivar that is known for its low seed production, which minimizes unwanted seedlings. 'Feuerkerze' is German for 'fire candle,' which is a perfect name for this cultivar considering the flowers are usually rose-red.

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Purple loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria
Purple loosestrife
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is found in Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. It attracts bees and butterflies as well as the loosestrife beetle which specifically targets the leaves of this plant. In some regions, the fast-growing purple loosestrife has become an invasive species that can outcompete native species.
Grass-poly
Lythrum hyssopifolia
Grass-poly
The grass-poly plant is native to Europe but is popular in other places like Australia and North America. The flowering plant is sometimes seen as a weed by farmers in moist habitats.
Creeping loosestrife
Lythrum junceum
Creeping loosestrife
Creeping loosestrife is a perennial herb that grows naturally in freshwater and other wetland habitats. It grows predominantly as a wild plant, and cultivation is rare. The plant produces pink flowers that are pleasant to witness when seen in the wild. It is considered invasive in parts of northern Europe.
Winged loosestrife
Lythrum alatum
Winged loosestrife
Winged loosestrife is a wildflower that produces pretty purple flowers with the look of wrinkled tissue paper. Winged loosestrife, or Lythrum alatum, grows along stream banks and other moist areas. It is considered endangered in some areas of the United States and invasive in others.
Wand loosestrife
Lythrum virgatum
Wand loosestrife
Wand loosestrife is a summer-flowering herbaceous perennial which forms clumps and is attractive to pollinators. European wand loosestrife presumably gets its name from its wand-like appearance and being native to Europe. It is considered invasive in parts of the USA.
Three-bract loosestrife
Lythrum tribracteatum
Three-bract loosestrife
Three-bract loosestrife prefers damp habitats, particularly ponds, making it an excellent ornamental option alongside a water feature or in a rock garden. Three-bract loosestrife's pretty lavender petals make it a hit among the butterflies, so it's a good choice for bringing wildlife into the garden.
Water purslane
Lythrum portula
Water purslane
A flowering member of the loosestrife family, water purslane (Lythrum portula) is most easily identified by its fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves, which are green with red undertones. The tiny flowers, if they appear, bear pink or white petals that measure about a millimeter long each. This species has a marked preference for moist areas, such as marshlands.
Purple loosestrife 'Feuerkerze'
Lythrum salicaria 'Feuerkerze'
Purple loosestrife 'Feuerkerze'
Purple loosestrife 'Feuerkerze' is a double-flowered purple loosestrife cultivar that is known for its low seed production, which minimizes unwanted seedlings. 'Feuerkerze' is German for 'fire candle,' which is a perfect name for this cultivar considering the flowers are usually rose-red.
European wand loosestrife 'Dropmore Purple'
Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple'
European wand loosestrife 'Dropmore Purple'
A tall, purple-flowered delight, european wand loosestrife 'Dropmore Purple' literally stands above the rest. Although it's widely known that european wand loosestrife 'Dropmore Purple' is a Lythrum cultivar, the parent plant is still unknown. This plant has an interesting name, given to commemorate Dropmore House, the residence of Lord Grenville, who pushed forward the law abolishing the slave trade when he was prime minister.
Purple loosestrife 'Swirl'
Lythrum salicaria 'Swirl'
Purple loosestrife 'Swirl'
Purple loosestrife 'Swirl''s prolific, spiraling blooms of bright purple make this variety especially unique. Cultivated as a loosestrife hybrid, purple loosestrife 'Swirl' was named after its delightful swirling growth habit. It is a popular cultivar due to its large clumps of growth, lovely colors, and ease of care.
Purple loosestrife 'Blush'
Lythrum salicaria 'Blush'
Purple loosestrife 'Blush'
Purple loosestrife 'Blush' is a variety of the Lythrum salicaria, named for its blush-colored flowers. Partly because of its height, the purple loosestrife 'Blush' has been designated a great plant for pollinators by the Royal Horticultural Society. While it is a great flower for pollinators, the purple loosestrife 'Blush' is also an aggressive spreader in gardens.
Purple loosestrife 'Robert'
Lythrum salicaria 'Robert'
Purple loosestrife 'Robert'
Purple loosestrife 'Robert' is a perennial herb that boasts flower brushes of a rich violet color in summer. This flower color is deeper than that of the parent plant, and the petals are wider and more defined. This hybrid is also known as Little Robert because it grows to just 90 cm whereas the parent plant can reach over 2 m. Butterflies and bees flock to the plant's flowers.
California loosestrife
Lythrum californicum
California loosestrife
California loosestrife is a perennial herb native to California. It typically thrives in wetland areas, where its tall, upright form, capped with delicate purple-pink flowers, stands out among the greenery. The lance-shaped leaves often clasp the stem, a trait that helps in identifying this species. Adapted to moist soil, california loosestrife can be seen blooming from late spring through summer, attracting various pollinators to its nectar-rich blooms.
Wand lythrum
Lythrum lineare
Wand lythrum
Wand lythrum is a slender, erect perennial herb, growing in wet habitats like marshes and riverbanks. Its linear leaves and loose spikes of small pink to purple flowers are distinctive, flourishing in full sun. The simplicity in wand lythrum's foliage belies its importance in providing food for wildlife and maintaining biodiversity in its aquatic locales.
Florida loosestrife
Lythrum flagellare
Florida loosestrife
Florida loosestrife is characterized by its slender, willowy form with whorls of delicate pink to purple flowers that grace its stem. The lance-shaped leaves are typical of a species adapted to marshy or wetland habitats, suggesting its preference for moist soils. This plant's very presence indicates a healthy aquatic ecosystem, serving as a vibrant testament to its vital role in supporting local biodiversity.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
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Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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The loosestrifes (Lythrum) are a fairly small group of flowering, herbaceous plants. Many loosestrifes prefer very wet soils and so are strongly associated with habitats like marshes, bogs, and other wetlands. Bearing spikes of showy flowers, several loosestrifes are popular ornamentals, however, some ornamental species' hardiness and aggressive growth habits have turned them into invasives.
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The loosestrifes genus comprises herbaceous perennials known for vibrant flowers, thriving in full sun to partial shade. Basic care needs include moist, well-draining soil and consistent watering. Frequent issues involve mildew and rust, alongside pests such as aphids. Seasonal consideration warrants increased moisture retention in summer and insulation through mulching before winter. Pruning in late winter or early spring promotes healthy growth. Being adaptable, loosestrifes performs well in temperate zones but may need protection from extreme conditions.
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8 most common species:
Lythrum salicaria
Purple loosestrife
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is found in Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. It attracts bees and butterflies as well as the loosestrife beetle which specifically targets the leaves of this plant. In some regions, the fast-growing purple loosestrife has become an invasive species that can outcompete native species.
Lythrum hyssopifolia
Grass-poly
The grass-poly plant is native to Europe but is popular in other places like Australia and North America. The flowering plant is sometimes seen as a weed by farmers in moist habitats.
Lythrum junceum
Creeping loosestrife
Creeping loosestrife is a perennial herb that grows naturally in freshwater and other wetland habitats. It grows predominantly as a wild plant, and cultivation is rare. The plant produces pink flowers that are pleasant to witness when seen in the wild. It is considered invasive in parts of northern Europe.
Lythrum alatum
Winged loosestrife
Winged loosestrife is a wildflower that produces pretty purple flowers with the look of wrinkled tissue paper. Winged loosestrife, or Lythrum alatum, grows along stream banks and other moist areas. It is considered endangered in some areas of the United States and invasive in others.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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