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Loosestrife in bogs

Posted by birdboyhg PA 6a ( on
Tue, Nov 8, 11 at 14:05

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?

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RE: Loosestrife in bogs

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.

RE: Loosestrife in bogs

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

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