Lythrum alatum Pursh
Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)
USDA Symbol: lyal4
Found in all but about 15 states, this plant is versatile and will grow in fields, wet meadows, ditches, roadsides, pond edges, streams and garden settings.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Cordate , Lanceolate
Size Notes: 3-6
Flower: Stamens 6
Fruit: Lavender or purple
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: heavy clay, sandy loam, average garden soils.
Conditions Comments: Found in all but about 15 states, this plant is versatile and will grow in fields, wet meadows, ditches, roadsides, pond edges, streams and garden settings.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds, long-tongued bees, Green Metallic bees, bee flies, butterflies, and skippers.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lythrum alatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lythrum alatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lythrum alatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-08-20
Research By: TWC Staff