purple loosestrife

noun

Definition of purple loosestrife

: a perennial Eurasian marsh herb (Lythrum salicaria) of the loosestrife family that is naturalized in eastern North America and has long spikes of purple flowers

Examples of purple loosestrife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the United States, beetles brought in from Europe now suppress purple loosestrife and St. John’s-wort, which were once rampant. Barry Estabrook, WSJ, "Two Books on Creatures Invasive and Incredible," 9 Oct. 2020 Instead: For a long-lasting punch of purple in the garden, plant native purple coneflower or blazing star instead of purple loosestrife. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Pretty but Troublesome Perennials Never to Plant in Your Garden," 25 Aug. 2020 Purple loosestrife, an invasive flowering plant, is sprouting up — a problem that Rothman said will be resolved by galerucella beetles that were released in the area in the 1990s and that eat purple loosestrife. Anna Liz Nichols, Star Tribune, "Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed," 8 Aug. 2020 The park is currently fighting against invasives like phragmites, hybrid cattail, buckthorn, Japanese knotweed and even wetland species like purple loosestrife. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "‘What we need is more goats’: How Thelma and her sister Louise are helping to protect Indiana Dunes National Park," 25 Oct. 2019 Reading Schulz’s piece, I was reminded of the invasion of purple loosestrife, a magenta weed that was taking over all our wetlands and choking out many natural species. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of purple loosestrife

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Purple loosestrife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20loosestrife. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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