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Garden Loosestrife

Riverside Park, Falmouth ME Garden loosestrife was introduced to North America from Europe as an ornamental in the 1900’s and is now naturalized in wetlands and lakeshores in parts of the northwest, midwest and eastern United States and Canada. Garden loosestrife displaces native vegetation along streambanks, wetlands and shorelines and reduces habitat needed by waterfowl and fish, including several important salmon species.

 

Although garden loosestrife hasn’t been in our county as long as purple loosestrife, it is slowly building up steam in our part of the world and is even out-competing purple loosestrife in some areas. Once garden loosestrife establishes in an area, it spreads by creeping roots called rhizomes that seem to extend forever and create dense, underground mats that are extremely difficult to remove.

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Taken on July 10, 2009