Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Purple-loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, Créachtach
Photographs: Co. Cork

Lythrum salicaria
Family: Lythraceae

Flowering time: June-September. Perennial. Native.

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

Found in damp meadows, by streams and rivers and also on damp roadsides. Less frequent in Northern Ireland

Related: Water-purslane, L. portula. A much smaller, creeping plant

Purple-loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, Créachtach

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