A familiar flower of rivers, ponds and lake sides.
Purple Loosestrife: bees losing their strife - Although the purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria} is a flower of rivers and lake sides the best specimens I have seen are around our garden pond! Some seed collected whilst out on a walk some years ago means we are now treated to a most glorious display of the lovely purple spikes every summer in July and August.
These are very much part of the wildlife theme in our garden as these tall, multiple, flower heads are adored by bees and hoverflies and on warm days you can hear the buzzing of bumble bees and honey bees from some distance away!
Whilst I would never advocate the collecting of plants from the wild, collecting some seed and helping them to germinate and establish in a suitable environment where they are benefit to other creatures cannot be a bad thing.
|Common Name||Purple Loosestrife|
|Scientific Name||Lythrum salicaria|
|Family||Primrose Family Primulaceae|
|Species Reference||blamey 114.6|