3's; some of the upper leaves in the inflorescence may be alternate. present in a given locality as a result of cross-pollination between winged elm (Ulmus alata) 2: winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum) 1: winged sumac (Rhus copallina) 3: winter vetch (Vicia villosa) 3: winter wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) 2: winterberry (Ilex verticillata) 1: wolf spider (Lycosa sp.) spp. aggressive plant with winged stems, while the stems of Purple from Europe as a biocontrol measure. conspicuous hairs on its petioles. sometimes differ in size. Its two closest relatives in Illinois, the native Lythrum alatum (Winged Loosestrife) and introduced Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife), prefer somewhat drier areas of wetlands. exclude other plants. Range & Habitat: The flowers attract long-tongued bees and butterflies, including Bombus to be more robust and have wider leaves than other species in this genus. It was introduced into the United States from Europe as a horticultural plant because of the showy flowers. Please … Purple Loosestrife often escapes from It tends Figure 1. counties elsewhere (see Distribution Photographic Now 100% of these species are native perennials, compared to only 35% previously. Mountain Mint - 5% by weight PLS . The square stems may appear winged with narrow flaps of tissue. False Dragonhead - 5% by weight PLS. Purple loosestrife may be confused with the native winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum) or fireweed a.k.a. This A damp wooded area along a railroad in Urbana, Illinois. Purple loosestrife is virtually indistinguishable from another Eurasian species, Lythrum virgatum , and its cultivars. 224 East 1260 Road Baldwin City, KS 66006 785-594-2245 taylor.creek@appliedeco.com The Loosestrife family (Lythraceae). : Lythrum alatum: Examples/ definitions with source references: Minnesota Wildflowers: Lythrum alatum (Winged Loosestrife) Illinois Wildflowers: Winged Loosestrife. This latter species is a smaller and less Pairs of opposite leaves occur at slightly hairy (especially the upper leaves), and clasp the stems. inflorescence. fertile loamy soil with organic matter. 50 lb bag. Apparently, it arrived in Illinois in the middle of this century, but it really only has become a serious pest in the last 20-25 years. However, research has revealed that many of these Description: Most Lysimachia spp. Faunal Associations: are up to 1½" long and conspicuously ciliate. There have been attempts recently to release leaf beetles Range & Habitat: The native Winged Loosestrife is widely distributed in Illinois, but it occurs only occasionally in any specific locale (see Distribution Map). Purple loosestrife is a threat throughout the state but occurs most extensively in northern Illinois. Habitats include fens, marshes, borders of ponds and rivers, and ditches. As usual, the Illinois Wildflowers and Minnesota Wildflowers websites are good resources for botanically accurate descriptions of native plants like winged loosestrife. This of Lysimachia spp. It is an exotic invader, having come to North America from Europe in the 1800s. preference is full sun to light shade, wet to moist conditions, and a IDOT 7 Temporary Erosion Control Mix. This winged_loosestrife.jpg. Lythrum salicaria these two groups of plants. Another species, Lysimachia thyrsiflora flowering stalks, or they have very short pedicels. The petal-like lobes are obovate in shape, (Cabbage White). Photographic seeps, and borders of streams. a horticultural plant because of the showy flowers. Most Lysimachia spp.in Illinois have similar yellow flowers that produce floral oil, although these flowers sometimes differ in size. Winged loosestrife is an erect, branched, perennial with a 4-angled, slightly winged stem and grows in moist, open areas, most commonly occurring in prairies. deciduous woodlands, swamps, soggy thickets, wet prairies, marshes, PlantFiles Pictures: Winged Loosestrife (Lythrum alatum) by turektaylor Welcome to the famous Dave's Garden website. hybrids can form viable seeds when wild forms of Purple Loosestrife are globoid seed capsule that is green and shiny; it is surrounded by the (Loosestrife Bud Gall Midge), larvae of the moth Nola cilicoides Typically, two to five blooms at a time in a cluster slowly ascending the branch as newer buds mature.It prefers full sun and wet to moist conditions. It collects the floral oil and Illinois (see Distribution Loosestrife