purple loosestrife love

purple loosestrife


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Old World marsh plant (Lythrum salicaria) having long spikes of purple flowers. It has become naturalized in the United States and is frequently treated as a noxious weed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a semi-aquatic herbaceous plant, Lythrum salicaria, having long spikes of purple flowers

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marsh herb with a long spike of purple flowers; originally of Europe but now rampant in eastern United States


Sorry, no etymologies found.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • I knew a Brit who called purple loosestrife "bishop's curse"

    August 10, 2011

  • Either or both. I've been seeing a ton of Giant Hogweed by the roads lately.

    August 9, 2011

  • Yes--both. Some of my favorite lists are the personal, specific ones, but I'm also quite fond of the far-reaching ones.

    August 9, 2011

  • Would a list of invasive species of North America be okay or would you like it to be broader in scope?

    Bilby has produced an extensive list of invasive species of Australia.

    The most notorious invasive species of Australia is the European Rabbit [Oryctolagus cuniculus), which was reportedly initially introduced there in 1859 for hunting. Its populations became prodigious in certain regions including Tasmania. In 1950, myxomatosis, a disease caused by Myxoma virus was introduced in Australia to control the huge national population of rabbits. The population was reduced from an estimated 600 million to ≈100 million. European Rabbits eventually became resistant to the disease and partially rebounded numerically. in 1991, their number in Australia was estimated to be 200-300 million. This voracious herbivore has expunged multiple species of plants in Australia and its diet has resulted in elevated erosion there.

    August 8, 2011

  • My list is for flora/fauna non grata in Australia. I don't think we have a problem with pureple loosestrife. Yet.

    August 8, 2011

  • Biocon, I'd like to see that list, too. Bilby has a great list with cane toads on it, but there's always room for more lists that aren't specific to Australia.

    August 8, 2011

  • If you're knowledgeable about invasive species, biocon, I'd love to see a list of them (non-scientific names preferred).

    August 8, 2011

  • Yes, indeed. One of the most tenacious and noxious invasive species.

    Good visuals.

    August 7, 2011

  • August 7, 2011