Lythrum salicaria

Family Lythraceae

Purple Loosestrife

Erect, rhizomatous perennial herb to 1 m high.

Flowers: Deep pink to purple, January - March

Fruit: Dehiscent capsule releasing numerous seeds, March – April.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Moist places, near water, often in swamps.
  • Restricted to garden plantings around Lake Sedgwick at the Australian  Botanic Garden.
  • Seed reportedly eaten by Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

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Lythrum salicaria flower