6 responses to “Lythrum salicaria”

  1. Carol

    How do viewer comments appear under a photo on the same day it is sent?

  2. Elaine Chrysler

    I love this site, you solve so many of my plant mysteries.

  3. Beverley

    Lythrum salicaria – Z3 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Lythrum salicaria – Z4-9 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Lythrum, lithrum, from Gr. lythron, blood, in allusion to the colour of the flowers. Salicaria, sal-ik-ar-e-a, willow-like – the leaves, or willow-herb-like – the flower spikes. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith

  4. Eric Simpson

    At a glance, this almost appears to be of the family Lamiaceae. How closely related are Lamiaceae and Lythraceae?

  5. Joe

    I was totally wondering the same thing Eric. According to Wikipedia though, it seems like the first clade they share is the class Magnoliopsida. So it looks like maybe theyre not that close. Convergent evolution maybe?

  6. Willy

    Loosestrife was celebrated in a southern Michigan community festival until a few years ago. The festival was cancelled, however, when persons expressing much concern over the negative effect the plant has had in choking our rivers and waterways managed to draw (negative) attention to the plant’s abundance. The story I learned about the plant’s common name relates to the “strife” experienced by persons, usually women, who sat at the water’s edge, hard at work with the arduous task of “carding wool” with teasel, thus combing the purple flower’s seeds from the fleece into the water (“looseing strife”). This activity then encouraged Loosestrife’s distribution into the waterways.

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