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Is this a form of purple loosestrife growing up from inside my pond?

It looks virtually identical to the one I have at the pondside but could only be a plant that I originaly ordered as part of a kit.....unless of course something has fallen into the murky waters below....!

On plant Lythrum




the leaf doesnt look right for loosestrife. it seems to smooth/shiny.

do the leaves have any smell when crushed? its not a typical water mint leaf shape though the growth is reminescent of it.

Habit also reminds me of greater willow herb but again leaf isnt right.

9 Jun, 2010


Not sure about the smell as currently getting over manflu and still have no taste or smell!! Been a brave soldier though!!

I take it it's okay to be growing in there though SBG?

9 Jun, 2010


I think that it is too 'solid' for a willowherb, Sbg, and that it will bear small, blue flowers in summer. It seems to have a square stem. Is this loosestrife?

9 Jun, 2010


I agree about the willow herb BA, they were more 'musings'. Its easy to say what things are not isnt it.
i have just looked up purple loosestrife in my wild flower guide and it looks like it is as you hoped oddbillie.
glad you have been a brave soldier and hope you are back to full duties pdq.

9 Jun, 2010


Thanks both and yes, I'm getting there slowly SBG although Ali now has it!!

That's cool if it's loosestrife as I had hoped!

9 Jun, 2010

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