California loosestrife, Purple loosestrife
Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Purple loosestrife grows to 5 feet tall. The alternate
leaves are about 1 inch long. There are 4–6 purple flowers, sometimes more, along the upper third of the stem. The sepals
form a short tube for the blossoms, which open out into 6 soft petals, 3/4–1 inch across (248).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Deciduous Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, UT Native Habitat:
Riparian areas and near water bodies and low spots mainly in South Central and West Texas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist Conditions Comments:
California loosestrife is a native
species, not to be confused with the exotic and invasive purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria
and others). It colonizes by roots and does well in bog gardens. The bloom of California loosestrife is attractive as a cut flower. Provides nectar
for adult butterflies. Will also grow in a well drained garden with average water. Good for wetland gardens and habitat.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes