Purple Loosestrife – 9/12/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/12/09

Observation Time: 11:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Purple Loosestrife

Scientific Name: Lythrum salicaria L.

Comments: Sometimes called “purple plague,” purple loosestrife is an invasive species. Neponset River Watershed Association has a program to propagate and disperse galerucella beetles that eat nothing but purple loosestrife.

More Information: The Nature Conservancy

Purple Loosestrife