The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Lythrum salicaria
Lythrum salicaria
(purple loosestrife)

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Lythrum salicaria L.

Common name: purple loosestrife

Synonyms and Other Names: Purple loosestrife; Spiked loosestrife; Salicaire; Bouquet violet; Rainbow weed

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Purple loosestrife is an erect perennial herb in the loosestrife family (Lythraceae) that develops a strong taproot, and may have up to 50 stems arising from its base. Its 50 stems are four-angled and glabrous to pubescent. Its leaves are sessile, opposite or whorled, lanceolate (2-10 cm long and 5-15 mm wide), with rounded to cordate bases. Leaf margins are entire. Leaf surfaces are pubescent (USDA Plants Database 2008). Each inflorescence is spike-like (1-4 cm long), and each plant may have numerous inflorescences. The calyx and corolla are fused to form a floral tube (also called a hypanthium) that is cylindrical (4-6 mm long), greenish, and 8-12 nerved. Typically the calyx lobes are narrow and thread-like, six in number, and less than half the length of the petals. The showy corolla (up to 2 cm across) is rose-purple and consists of five to seven petals.  Twelve stamens are typical for each flower. Individual plants may have flowers of three different types classified according to stylar length as short, medium, and long. The short-styled type has long and medium length stamens, the medium type has long and short stamens, and the long-styled has medium to short stamens. The fruit is a capsule about 2 mm in diameter and 3-4 mm long with many small, ovoid dust-like seeds (< 1 mm long) (USDA plants database 2008).

Size: can grow up to 2.5 m tall, forming colonies 1.5 m or more in width

Native Range: Eurasia; extends from Great Britain to central Russia from near the 65th parallel to North Africa; Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and northern India, and the northern Himalayan region.

Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Lythrum salicaria are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
AL197819911Wheeler Lake
AR198520152Illinois; Lower St. Francis
CA1895202134Big-Navarro-Garcia; Butte Creek; Clear Creek-Sacramento River; Coyote; Honcut Headwaters-Lower Feather; Klamath; Lost; Lower American; Lower Pit; Lower Sacramento; Lower Sacramento; Mojave; Monterey Bay; North Fork American; Pajaro; Russian; Sacramento-Stone Corral; San Francisco Bay; San Francisco Coastal South; San Joaquin Delta; San Luis Rey-Escondido; San Pablo Bay; South Fork American; South Fork Kern; Suisun Bay; Tomales-Drake Bays; Tulare Lake Bed; Upper Bear; Upper Cache; Upper Calaveras California; Upper Coon-Upper Auburn; Upper Merced; Upper Tuolumne; Upper Yuba
CO1978201811Cache La Poudre; Clear; Colorado Headwaters-Plateau; Middle South Platte-Cherry Creek; Middle South Platte-Sterling; North Platte; San Miguel; South Platte; South Platte Headwaters; St. Vrain; Upper South Platte
CT189520173Outlet Connecticut River; Quinnipiac; Thames
DE186620202Brandywine-Christina; Broadkill-Smyrna
DC191919971Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan
ID1962201828Clearwater; Coeur d'Alene Lake; Hells Canyon; Kootenai; Lake Walcott; Lemhi; Lower Boise; Lower Salmon; Lower Selway; Lower Snake; Middle Salmon-Chamberlain; Middle Salmon-Panther; Middle Snake-Boise; Middle Snake-Payette; Middle Snake-Powder; Middle Snake-Succor; Payette; Pend Oreille; Pend Oreille Lake; Salmon; South Fork Clearwater; South Fork Payette; Spokane; St. Joe; Upper Selway; Upper Snake; Upper Snake-Rock; Weiser
IL1903201822Apple-Plum; Big Muddy; Chicago; Des Plaines; Embarras; Green; Kankakee; Little Wabash; Lower Illinois; Lower Illinois-Senachwine Lake; Lower Ohio-Bay; Middle Kaskaskia; Middle Wabash-Busseron; Pike-Root; Rock; Upper Fox; Upper Illinois; Upper Illinois; Upper Kaskaskia; Upper Mississippi; Upper Mississippi Region; Wabash
IN1900201410Blue-Sinking; Kankakee; Little Calumet-Galien; Lower East Fork White; Middle Ohio-Laughery; Muscatatuck; Patoka-White; St. Joseph; Tippecanoe; Upper White
IA192620198Apple-Plum; Lower Iowa; Middle Cedar; Missouri-Nishnabotna; North Raccoon; Upper Cedar; Upper Mississippi-Skunk-Wapsipinicon; Upper Wapsipinicon
KS196820192Lower Kansas, Kansas; Neosho Headwaters
KY1896201212Bayou De Chien-Mayfield; Highland-Pigeon; Little Scioto-Tygarts; Lower Kentucky; Lower Ohio; Lower Ohio-Bay; Lower Ohio-Salt; Middle Ohio-Laughery; Middle Ohio-LittleMiami; Ohio Brush-Whiteoak; Salt; Upper Kentucky
LA198620181Lower Mississippi-New Orleans
ME195419853Maine Coastal; Piscataqua-Salmon Falls; Presumpscot
MD1896202010Chester-Sassafras; Choptank; Conococheague-Opequon; Gunpowder-Patapsco; Lower Potomac; Lower Susquehanna; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Monocacy; Patuxent
MA1831201714Ashuelot River-Connecticut River; Blackstone River; Cape Cod; Charles; Chicopee River; Concord River; Deerfield River; Housatonic; Hudson-Hoosic; Merrimack River; Millers River; Narragansett; Nashua River; Piscataqua-Salmon Falls
MI1839202170Au Gres-Rifle; Au Sable; Bad-Montreal; Betsie-Platte; Betsy-Chocolay; Birch-Willow; Black; Black-Macatawa; Black-Presque Isle; Boardman-Charlevoix; Brule; Carp-Pine; Cass; Cedar-Ford; Cheboygan; Clinton; Dead-Kelsey; Detroit; Escanaba; Fishdam-Sturgeon; Flint; Great Lakes Region; Huron; Kalamazoo; Kawkawlin-Pine; Keweenaw Peninsula; Lake Erie; Lake Huron; Lake Michigan; Lake St. Clair; Lake Superior; Little Calumet-Galien; Lone Lake-Ocqueoc; Lower Grand; Manistee; Manistique River; Maple; Menominee; Michigamme; Millecoquins Lake-Brevoort River; Muskegon; Northeastern Lake Michigan; Northwestern Lake Huron; Northwestern Lake Michigan; Ontonagon; Ottawa-Stony; Pere Marquette-White; Pigeon-Wiscoggin; Pine; Raisin; Saginaw; Shiawassee; Southeastern Lake Michigan; Southwestern Lake Huron; St. Clair; St. Clair-Detroit; St. Joseph; St. Joseph; St. Marys; Sturgeon; Tacoosh-Whitefish; Tahquamenon; Thornapple; Thunder Bay; Tiffin; Tittabawassee; Upper Grand; Upper Wisconsin; Waiska; Western Lake Erie
MN1938201870Baptism-Brule; Beartrap-Nemadji; Beaver-Lester; Big Fork; Blue Earth; Buffalo; Buffalo-Whitewater; Cannon; Chippewa; Clearwater; Clearwater-Elk; Cloquet; Coon-Yellow; Cottonwood; Crow; Crow Wing; Des Moines Headwaters; Eastern Wild Rice; Elk-Nokasippi; Elm-Marsh; Hawk-Yellow Medicine; Kettle; La Crosse-Pine; Lac Qui Parle; Lake of the Woods; Lake Superior; Le Sueur; Leech Lake; Little Fork; Long Prairie; Lower Minnesota; Lower Rainy; Lower St. Croix; Middle Minnesota; Middle Red; Mississippi Headwaters; Mustinka; Otter Tail; Pine; Platte-Spunk; Pomme De Terre; Prairie-Willow; Rainy Headwaters; Rainy Lake; Red Lake; Red Lakes; Redeye; Redwood; Root; Roseau; Rum; Rush-Vermillion; Sandhill-Wilson; Sauk; Shell Rock; Snake; Snake; South Fork Crow; St. Louis; Thief; Twin Cities; Two Rivers; Upper Cedar; Upper Minnesota; Upper Red; Upper St. Croix; Vermilion; Watonwan; Winnebago; Zumbro
MS196920063Tibbee; Upper Hatchie; Upper Leaf
MO193520196Cahokia-Joachim; Little Chariton; Lower Chariton; Lower Missouri; Spring; The Sny
MT198219946Lower Flathead; Missouri-Musselshell; Pend Oreille; Teton; Upper Missouri; Upper Yellowstone
NE197320196Big Blue; Lower Platte; Middle Niobrara; Middle Platte-Buffalo; Salt; West Fork Big Blue
NV198520003East Walker; Middle Carson; Truckee
NH187520209Ammonoosuc River-Connecticut River; Headwaters Connecticut River; Lower Androscoggin River; Merrimack River; New England; Pemigewasset River; Piscataqua-Salmon Falls; Saco River; Waits River-Connecticut River
NJ1864202013Cohansey-Maurice; Crosswicks-Neshaminy; Great Egg Harbor; Hackensack-Passaic; Lower Delaware; Lower Hudson; Mid-Atlantic Region; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle Delaware-Musconetcong; Mullica-Toms; Raritan; Rondout; Sandy Hook-Staten Island
NM200820182Rio Grande-Santa Fe; Upper Gila
NY1843201729Bronx; Buffalo-Eighteenmile; Cattaraugus; Chaumont-Perch; Conewango; Hudson-Hoosic; Hudson-Wappinger; Irondequoit-Ninemile; Lake Ontario; Long Island; Lower Genesee; Lower Hudson; Lower Hudson; Mettawee River; Middle Hudson; Niagara River; Oak Orchard-Twelvemile; Oneida; Oswego; Sacandaga; Salmon-Sandy; Saranac River; Seneca; St. Lawrence; Upper Allegheny; Upper Delaware; Upper Hudson; Upper Susquehanna; Upper Susquehanna
NC1885202011Cape Fear; Chowan - Roanoke; Contentnea; Haw; Lower Cape Fear; Lower Yadkin; Nolichucky; Upper French Broad; Upper New; Upper Yadkin; Watauga, North Carolina, Tennessee
ND1964200010Cannonball-Heart-Knife; Elm; Grand Marais-Red; Lake Oahe; Lake Sakakawea; Little Missouri; Middle Sheyenne; Moose Mountain Creek-Souris River; Red; Upper Red
OH1902202233Ashtabula-Chagrin; Auglaize; Black-Rocky; Blanchard; Cedar-Portage; Cuyahoga; Grand; Hocking; Huron-Vermilion; Lake Erie; Little Miami; Little Muskingum-Middle Island; Little Scioto-Tygarts; Lower Great Miami, Indiana, Ohio; Lower Maumee; Mahoning; Middle Ohio; Middle Ohio-LittleMiami; Middle Ohio-Raccoon; Mohican; Muskingum; Ohio Brush-Whiteoak; Paint; Sandusky; Southern Lake Erie; Tuscarawas; Upper Great Miami, Indiana, Ohio; Upper Ohio; Upper Ohio-Beaver; Upper Ohio-Shade; Upper Scioto; Walhonding; Western Lake Erie
OK199219921Lower North Canadian
OR1900201955Alsea; Applegate; Beaver-South Fork; Brownlee Reservoir; Bully; Clackamas; Coast Fork Willamette; Coos; Coquille; Hells Canyon; Lower Columbia; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Lower Crooked; Lower Deschutes; Lower John Day; Lower Malheur; Lower Owyhee; Lower Rogue; Lower Willamette; Middle Columbia; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Middle Fork John Day; Middle Fork Willamette; Middle Owyhee; Middle Rogue; Middle Snake-Payette; Middle Snake-Succor; Middle Willamette; Molalla-Pudding; Necanicum; North Fork John Day; North Santiam; North Umpqua; Powder; Siletz-Yaquina; Siltcoos; Sixes; South Umpqua; Tualatin; Umatilla; Umpqua; Upper Grande Ronde; Upper John Day; Upper Klamath Lake; Upper Malheur; Upper Rogue; Upper Willamette; Walla Walla; Wallowa; Willamette; Willow; Wilson-Trusk-Nestuccu; Yamhill
PA1852202150Allegheny; Bald Eagle; Brandywine-Christina; Chautauqua-Conneaut; Clarion; Conemaugh; Connoquenessing; Crosswicks-Neshaminy; Delaware; French; Kiskiminetas; Lackawaxen; Lake Erie; Lehigh; Lower Allegheny; Lower Delaware; Lower Delaware; Lower Juniata; Lower Monongahela; Lower Susquehanna; Lower Susquehanna; Lower Susquehanna-Penns; Lower Susquehanna-Swatara; Lower West Branch Susquehanna; Mahoning; Mid Atlantic Region; Middle Allegheny-Redbank; Middle Allegheny-Tionesta; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle Delaware-Musconetcong; Middle West Branch Susquehanna; Ohio Region; Owego-Wappasening; Pine; Raystown; Schuylkill; Sinnemahoning; Susquehanna; Upper Allegheny; Upper Delaware; Upper Delaware; Upper Juniata; Upper Ohio; Upper Ohio-Beaver; Upper Susquehanna; Upper Susquehanna; Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna; Upper Susquehanna-Tunkhannock; Upper West Branch Susquehanna; Youghiogheny
RI190519872Cape Cod; Pawcatuck River
SD197720154Fort Randall Reservoir; Lewis and Clark Lake; Missouri-Big Sioux; Rapid
TN1899201911Collins; Lower Cumberland-Old Hickory Lake; Lower Tennessee-Beech; Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga; Nolichucky; Ohio Region; South Fork Cumberland; Upper Cumberland; Upper Tennessee; Watauga, North Carolina, Tennessee; Watts Bar Lake
TX197119943Lower Neches; Pine Island Bayou; Tierra Blanca
UT194320187Jordan; Little Bear-Logan; Lower Bear-Malad; Lower Weber; Price; San Rafael; Utah Lake
VT189820197Black River-Connecticut River; Deerfield River; Hudson-Hoosic; Lake Champlain; Otter Creek; West River-Connecticut River; White River
VA1996202013Albemarle; Conococheague-Opequon; James; Lower Chesapeake; Lynnhaven-Poquoson; Middle James-Buffalo; Middle James-Willis; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Shenandoah; South Fork Shenandoah; Upper Clinch, Tennessee, Virginia; Upper James
WA1931201840Chief Joseph; Colville; Duwamish; Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake; Grays Harbor; Hangman; Kettle; Lake Washington; Little Spokane; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Crab; Lower Skagit; Lower Snake; Lower Snake-Tucannon; Lower Spokane; Lower Yakima; Methow; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Moses Coulee; Naches; Nisqually; Nooksack; Okanogan; Pend Oreille; Puget Sound; Puget Sound; Puyallup; Skokomish; Skykomish; Snohomish; Snoqualmie; Stillaguamish; Strait of Georgia; Upper Columbia; Upper Columbia-Entiat; Upper Columbia-Priest Rapids; Upper Yakima; Walla Walla; Wenatchee
WV1858202012Cacapon-Town; Cheat; Conococheague-Opequon; Middle New; Raccoon-Symmes; South Branch Potomac; Tygart Valley; Upper Monongahela; Upper Ohio; Upper Ohio-Shade; Upper Ohio-Wheeling; West Fork
WI1928201957Bad-Montreal; Baraboo; Beartrap-Nemadji; Black; Black-Presque Isle; Brule; Buffalo-Whitewater; Castle Rock; Chippewa; Coon-Yellow; Des Plaines; Door-Kewaunee; Duck-Pensaukee; Eau Claire; Flambeau; Fox; Grant-Little Maquoketa; Jump; Kickapoo; La Crosse-Pine; Lake Dubay; Lake Michigan; Lake Superior; Lake Winnebago; Lower Chippewa; Lower Fox; Lower St. Croix; Lower Wisconsin; Manitowoc-Sheboygan; Menominee; Middle Rock; Milwaukee; Namekagon; Northwestern Lake Michigan; Northwestern Lake Michigan; Oconto; Ontonagon; Pecatonica; Peshtigo; Pike-Root; Red Cedar; Rock; Rush-Vermillion; South Fork Flambeau; Southwestern Lake Superior; St. Croix; St. Louis; Sugar; Upper Chippewa; Upper Fox; Upper Fox; Upper Mississippi Region; Upper Rock; Upper St. Croix; Upper Wisconsin; Wisconsin; Wolf
WY198220116Big Horn Lake; Crow; Middle North Platte-Scotts Bluff; Niobrara Headwaters; Shoshone; Upper Tongue

Table last updated 4/25/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Ecology: Purple loosestrife is a wetland plant, growing in freshwater wet meadows, tidal and non-tidal marshes, river and stream banks, pond edges, reservoirs, and ditches. It prefers moist, highly organic soils but can tolerate a wide range of conditions. It grows on calcareous to acidic soils, can withstand shallow flooding, and tolerates up to 50% shade. Purple loosestrife has low nutrient requirements and can withstand nutrient-poor sites. It flowers from July until September or October. Flowering occurs 8-10 weeks after initial spring growth. Thompson et al. (1987) estimated that on average, a mature plant produces about 2,700,000 seeds annually. Seeds are relatively long-lived, retaining 80% viability after 2-3 years of submergence (Malecki 1990). 

Means of Introduction: Purple loosestrife seeds are mostly dispersed by water, but wind and mud adhering to wildlife, livestock, vehicle tires, boats, and people serve also as agent. It was introduced into North America through ship ballast and as an ornamental. In states where it is permitted, purple loosestrife continues to be promoted by horticulturists for its beauty as a landscape plant and for bee-forage. It was probably introduced to the Great Lakes region via canals.

Status: Established. At the state level, it has been classified as noxious and has a highly invasive status and wetland indicator values. L. salicaria has been labeled the “purple plague." because of its epidemic devastation to natural communities. The species is included on the Nature Conservancy’s list of “America’s Least Wanted -- The Dirty Dozen” (Flack & Furlow 1996). In response to the alarming spread of this exotic species, at least 13 states (including Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin) have passed legislation restricting or prohibiting its importation and distribution (Malecki et al. 1993; Strefeler et al. 1996b). 

Impact of Introduction:
Summary of species impacts derived from literature review. Click on an icon to find out more...


Purple loosestrife adapts readily to natural and disturbed wetlands. As it establishes and expands, it outcompetes and replaces native grasses, sedges, and other flowering plants that provide a higher quality source of cover, food, or nesting sites for native wetland animals (U.S.EPA 2008). The highly invasive nature of purple loosestrife allows it to form dense, homogeneous stands that restrict native wetland plant species, including some federally endangered orchids, and reduce habitat for waterfowl.  Purple loosestrife causes annual wetland losses of about 190,000 hectares in the United States (Thompson et al. 1987; Mal et al. 1997). The species is most abundant in the Midwest and Northeast, where it infests about 8,100 hectares in Minnesota, 12,000 ha in Wisconsin, over 12,000 ha in Ohio, and a larger area in New York State. Recent distributional surveys document the occurrence of monocultures in every county in Connecticut, where it has been found in 163 wetland locations (Ellis and Weaver 1996; Ellis 1996).  At the Effigy Mounds National Monument (EFMO), combined populations of purple loosestrife cover an area of 5 to 10 hectares growing in regularly disturbed sites.  This species has a major visual impact on the vegetation of EFMO, and it has the potential to invade and replace native communities endangering the areas' primary resources (Butterfield et al. 1996).   

Numerous studies demonstrate the aggressive and competitive nature of purple loosestrife. Fernald (1940) reported a loss of native plant diversity in the St. Lawrence River floodplain following the invasion of purple loosestrife and another exotic, Butomus umbellatus L. Gaudet and Keddy (1988) report declining growth for 44 native wetland species after the establishment of Lythrum. Among the species tested, Keddy (1990) found that purple loosestrife was the most competitive. In the Hamilton Marshes adjacent to the Delaware River, annual above-ground production of L. salicaria far exceeded all other plant species’ production combined.

The invasion of L. salicaria alters biogeochemical and hydrological processes in wetlands. Areas dominated by purple loosestrife (Fig. 2) show significantly lower porewater pools of phosphate in the summer compared to areas dominated by Typha latifolia L. (Templer et al., 1998). Purple loosestrife leaves decompose quickly in the fall, resulting in a nutrient flush, whereas leaves of native species decompose in the spring (Barlocher and Biddiscombe, 1996; Emery and Perry, 1996; Grout et al., 1997). This change in timing of nutrient release at a time of little primary production results in significant alterations of wetland function and could jeopardize detritivore consumer communities adapted to decomposition of plant tissues in spring (Grout et al., 1997).

Specialized marsh birds avoid nesting and foraging in purple loosestrife (Blossey et al., 2001a). The federally endangered bog turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergi Schoepff) loses basking and breeding sites to encroachment of purple loosestrife (Malecki et al., 1993).

Remarks: Other species of Lythrum that grow in the United States have 1-2 flowers in each leaf-like inflorescence bract and eight or fewer stamens compared to L. salicaria, which has more than two flowers per bract and typically twelve stamens per flower. L. virgatum, another species introduced from Europe closely resembles L. salicaria, but differs in being glabrous (lacking plant hairs), and having narrow leaf bases. The latter two species interbreed freely producing fertile offspring, and some taxonomists (Rendall 1989) consider them to be a single species. 

Four species have been approved for introduction for biocontrol of purple loosestrife and have been released: a root-mining weevil, Hylobius transversovittatus Goeze; two leaf beetles, Galerucella calmariensis L. and Galerucella pusilla Duftschmidt; and a flower-feeding weevil, Nanophyes marmoratus Goeze.

References: (click for full references)

Barlocher, F. and N. R. Biddiscombe. 1996. Geratology and decomposition of Typha latifolia and Lythrum salicaria in a freshwater marsh. Archiv fuer Hydrobiologie 136: 309-325.

Blossey, B., L. Skinner, and J. Taylor. 2001. Impact and Management of purple loosestrife in North America. Biodiversity and Conservation 10: 1787-1807.

Butterfield, C., J. Stubbendieck, & J. Stumpf 1996.  Species abstracts of highly disruptive exotic plants.  Version: 16JUL97.  Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Home Page, Jamestown, North Dakota. http://www.npsc.nbs.gov/resource/othrdata/plntguid/species/lythsali.htm.  

DiTomaso, J.M., G.B. Kyser et al. 2013.  Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States.
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Ellis, D.R. & J.S. Weaver 1996. Purple loosestrife: Survey and biological control.  1995 Summary Report, USDA, APHIS, PPQ, Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS).  9 pp  

Emery, S. L. and J. A. Perry. 1996. Decomposition rates and phosphorus concentrations of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and cattail (Typha spp.) in fourteen Minnesota wetlands. Hydrobiologia 323: 129-138.

Fernald, M.L. 1940. The problem of conserving rare native plants. Smithsonian Institution Annual Report (1939):375-391.

Flack, S. & E. Furlow 1996. America's least wanted "purple plague," "green cancer" and 10 other ruthless environmental thugs. Nature Conservancy Magazine 46(6) November/December.  .  

Gabor, T.S., & H.R. Murkin 1990. Effects of clipping purple loosestrife seedlings during a simulated wetland drawdown.  Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 28:98-100.  

Gaudet, C.L. and P.A. Keddy. 1988. Predicting competitive ability from plant traits: a comparative approach. Nature 334:242-243.

Grout, J. A., C. D. Levings, and J. S. Richardson. 1997. Decomposition rates of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and Lyngbyei’s sedge (Carex lyngbyei) in the Fraser River Estuary. Estuaries 20: 96-102.
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Revision Date: 7/28/2022

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