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Lythrum lineare (Wand lythrum)
Lewis, A. D.

Lythrum lineare

Lythrum lineare L.

Wand Lythrum, Saltmarsh Loosestrife

Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)


USDA Symbol: LYLI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Herbaceous perennial, 18-48" in height. Well-branched. Leaves opposite, linear-lanceolate. Flowers white or pinkish-lavender. Wetland plant in brackish waters and saltmarshes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Class: 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Primarily in coastal areas from Connecticut to Texas.
Native Habitat: Saltmarshes and coastal plain.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Drought Tolerance: Low
Aquatic: yes
Soil Description: Perpetually wet, brackish or saline soils.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 599 - Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968) Radford, A., H. Ahles & C.R. Bell

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Lythrum lineare in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lythrum lineare in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lythrum lineare


Record Modified: 2009-09-14
Research By: JAM

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