purple loosestrife


an Old World plant, Lythrum salicaria, of the loosestrife family, widely naturalized in North America, growing in wet places and having spikes of reddish-purple flowers.

Nearby words

  1. purple gallinule,
  2. purple grackle,
  3. purple granadilla,
  4. purple heart,
  5. purple heron,
  6. purple martin,
  7. purple medic,
  8. purple mombin,
  9. purple of cassius,
  10. purple passion

Origin of purple loosestrife

First recorded in 1540–50

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