New purple loose strife question.

cwradio(Chicago)September 26, 2004

Is it loose strife?

I have a mounded plant with leaves similar in construction to the purple loose strife leaf. Howeve the plant is much more formed (shrubish) than any of the dozens of pictures I've found on the internet of loose strife growing in wetlands. The plant was installed in Illinois by my landscaper three or four years ago. He also installed gooseneck. Since the gooseneck was not in a controlled border it has begun to really take over. I just spent the morning clipping, derooting and hopefully beginning a successful campaign of eventually eradicating gooseneck from my garden.

However, a landscape consultant visited this weekend and said the purple loose strife plant is an innocent look alike. She even suggested splitting it for a second planting area I'm working on. She is CERTAIN it's not loose strife. She said it is a plant which is commonly confused for purple loose strife, but she couldn't name it. I have had it for over three years in a very active and potent garden with absolutely no spreading at all. How can I be sure this gorgeous plant can stay?

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Judy_B_ON(Ontario 5B)

Possibly you have one of the Vervains, either Hoary Vervain or blue vervain. They are similar to purple loosestrife.

Sign out a copy of Newcombs guide to Wildflowers from your local library and key out your plant.

For pictures of Purple loosestrife:
http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/topics.cgi?earl=plant_profile.cgi&symbol=LYSA2&photoID=lysa2_002_avp.tif

For pictures of the Vervains:
http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/gallery_page.cgi?earl=gallery.cgi&category=genus&classes=all&sort=scisort&txtparm=Verbena&wetland=all&origin=all&results=thumbnails&pagenum=1

Here is a link that might be useful: Vervain

    Bookmark   September 26, 2004 at 9:45PM
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ahughes798(z5 IL)

Could it be Verbena Stricta? April

    Bookmark   September 29, 2004 at 9:20PM
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