Irish wildflowers

Lythrum salicaria
Family: Lythraceae

Flowering time: June-September. Perennial. Native.

Whorls of red-purple flowers in tall spikes. Leaves oval-lanceolate, untoothed, pointed, often turning orange or red in autumn. Stiff erect stems. 60-100cm.

Found in damp meadows, by streams and rivers, also on damp roadsides. Abundant thoughout western Ireland, frequent in E Ire.

Related: Water-purslane, L. portula

Above: Purple-loosestrife. Curragh Chase, Co.Limerick. August 2008

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