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  Purple Loosestrife
  • What is it?  This plant is 3' - 7' tall and looks like a spike with small
    purple flowers.  It likes to grow in wetlands, along lake shores, waterways, roadsides, and in other moist areas.
     
  • What's the problem?  Originally from Europe and Asia, this plant can
    grow so thick that it crowds out our native plants.  Dense stands of purple loosestrife make it unsuitable for a wide variety of native wetland animals and wildlife.
     
  • How is it spread?  One plant can produce over 2 MILLION seeds!  It is able to resprout from broken stems that fall to the ground or into the water.
     
  • How do I recognize it?
    • 3 - 7' tall 
    • Spike covered with many purple flowers
    • Downy, smooth-edged leaves
    • Leaves usually paired opposite
    • Stem has ridges
       
  • Porters Lake already has it.  What is being done?  Once Purple Loosestrife has invaded an area, it cannot be completely eliminated. 
    The goal is to control the amount of the plant so that it does not interfere with native plants and animals.

    The Porters Lake Management District has been implementing biological controls in the form of a beetle - Galerucella calmariensis.  This beetle feeds exclusively on Purple Loosestrife.  For more information go to www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/biocontrol/weedfeeders/galerucella.html.

    (Galerucella calmariensis)

    For several years Dave "The Beetle Man" Hansen has been raising and releasing the Galerucella beetle into infested areas.  Since implementing the program there has been a sharp reduction in the amount of Purple Loosestrife surrounding Porters Lake.








    For more information visit dnr.wi.gov/invasives/fact/loosestrife.htm       For more information visit co.stevens.wa.us/weedboard/htm_weed/pl.htm