Loosestrife in bogs

birdboyhg(PA 6a)November 8, 2011

Hello Everyone. I was wondering if anyone has been seeing purple loosestrife in natural bogs. I wasn't sure how tolerant it was of the acidic soils.

What are some of the major invasives anyone has seen in natural (or man-made) bogs. Local bogs in my area do not seem to be affected by any invasives yet, but I am curious what species are tolerant of the acidic soils... what should I be watching for?

Thanks

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lycopus(z5 NY)

I haven't personally seen purple loosestrife as a dominant plant in acid bogs. Occasionally I'll see it around the edge of a bog, presumably because the soil there is more neutral. The only invasive that I recall seeing in a bog (actually more of an acid swamp) was Lysimachia nummularia, or Creeping Jenny. Some of the native "loosestrifes" occur in bogs, like Lysimachia terrestris and Lysimachia thyrsiflora.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 7:53PM
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fireweed22

I can think of one acidic lake (rapidly turning into a peaty bog) that is completely infested with purple loosestrife.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 11:49AM
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