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Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

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Conservation Status

Best Time to See

In the summer when it flowers (June to August).

Natural Habitat

Grows on the edges of rivers and in other damp places such as marshes, fens and wet woodlands.

Spiky in appearance this pleasant purple plant can grow up to one and a half metres tall.

The purple-red flowers have six petals appearing in circles around the square stalks. The leaves appear mostly in pairs and grow directly from the stems.

Found in most areas of Britain except northern and eastern parts of the north. for more information

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A mix of native wildflowers that are perfect for butterflies! This lovely collection of mostly purple, pink and blue flowers is designed to attract butterflies to our gardens, balconies and window boxes and uses only flowers recommended by Butterfly Conservation. Each seed ball contains approximately 30 seeds from a mix of Purple Loosestrife, Forget-me-not, Musk mallow, Red campion and Yarrow, plus a sprinkling of pollinator-friendly annuals Chamomile, Cornflower, Corn marigold, and Night-flowering catchfly. See Full Listing.

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