44 days ago

Have you seen this pest plant?

Environment Canterbury

Purple loosestrife/Lythrum salicaria
- Rapidly invades damp ground and shallow water.
- Overtops native species with dense bushy growth.
- Is an upright, perennial that can grow to 3m high.
- Has long purple/pink flower-spikes appear at the end of the stems, Dec-Feb.
- Leaves are in pairs, opposite each other.
- The stems are usually square in cross-section.
- Leaves and stems die back in winter to re-emerge in spring.

Report pests using the Find-A-Pest app, or by contacting us direct on 0800 324 636 or biosecurity@ecan.govt.nz.

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