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Lythrum alatum

  var.  lanceolatum


Florida native


A frequent plant of flatwoods, marshes, swamps and lake margins in most of the peninsula and scattered counties of north Florida into the central panhandle. The range extends throughout the southeastern states west into Texas and Oklahoma and north into Kentucky and Virginia.
This perennial has smooth four-angled stems to 1.5m (5ft.) tall. Lower leaves are opposite and the upper leaves are alternate. Leaves are lanceolate to 4cm (1.6 in.) long and reduced above. The flowers appear during the summer in the upper leaf axils and have six lavender to pale purple petals.

Lythrum alatum is a member of the Lythraceae - Loosestrife family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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