Although its name Lythrum alatum (Winged Loosestrife) may sound as if it is related to the invasive purple loosestrife, well it is and its family may have some bad voodoo, but this species is actually a beneficial native plant. It is a relatively common plant of quality wet prairie, marshes, and sedge meadows and can be used very effectively in wetland restoration projects. It can also be used in a rain garden as it has nice showy flowers in the mid-summer.
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