Invasive SpeciesPurple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria
FOUND by manyeyes
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by vitalsleuth
Peer reviewed by vitalsleuth
Field Notes
Finally. After years of driving past this ever-expanding clump of purple loosestrife on the corner of Scott Dyer Rd and Spurwink Ave, I FINALLY stopped to document it. I thought it was the only spot on Spurwink with loosestrife, but it's not. The ditch on the left-hand side of the road (traveling towards South Portland) is dotted with purple. This clump seems to be the largest. Interesting to note that this clump was buzzing loudly with bees this morning, underscoring for me the recent discussion forum post about invasive plants supporting honey production (
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Behold the telltale flower spikes blossoming in August. Flowers are purple with 5-7 petals.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves are alternate, smooth, and slightly hairy. I didn't get a good enough photo of the stems, but - believe me - they are square.
Photo of my evidence.
Individuals are forming a dense stand and crowding out fellow ditch-dwellers like cattail (seen in the front right of the photo).
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Lythrum salicaria
Common name:
Purple loosestrife
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.593739 °
W -70.245671 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Spurwink Road
Trip date: 
Tue, 2010-08-10 08:00
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Nice pictures and information. I like how you included information about the honey productions!