purple loosestrife, purple lythrum
Regions likely to be Impacted:
Present in Neighboring States?
CO, KS, LA, MO, NM, TX
Currently known from Oklahoma?
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
What you should know!
Can quickly form dense stands that outcompete native vegetation. A prolific seeder. Can hybridize with native loosestrife species, altering the gene pool of the native. Accidentally introduced as a contaminant of ballast water. Sold as an ornamental.