Purple Loosestrife

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Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

The purple loosestrife originated from Europe and Asia. Its seeds were most likely hidden in the soil used for ballest in ships, and was transported to North America

An invasive species has been introduced to North America!

Purple Loosestrifes have been destroying our wetlands. It reproduces rapidly and grows thick roots that expand over lage areas. This limits the space for native wildlife to thrive in their niche.

The roots of the purple loosestrife also obstuct the water channels in the marshes where fish come to spawn, ducks come to eat, nutrients travel, and insects hide and feed.

To prevent the purple loosestrife from causing anymore damage to our wetlands, Scientists have brought in European beetles which feed only on these purple loosestrife.

These loosestrife affect species, such as the waterfowl. Waterfowl often go to potholes to breed, but the purple loosestrife has threatened the existence of these potholes.

The purple loosestrife quickly takes over wetlands since each plant can produce more than 2,000,000 seeds.

The spread of purple loosestrife crowds and covers native wetland species like cattails. Animals that depend on this species, such as muskrats, will move to other habitats to find cattails.

Gardeners can also help by removing the purple loosestrife. It is most affective to remove these plants in June, July, and August while they are still in flower. Gardeners can also reduce the reproduction of purple loosestrifes by removing the stalks before it produces seeds.

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