Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Loostrife-Purple
Lythrum silicaria
of the Loostrife family
a perennial
70 - 150 cm high
blooms June - August
likes margins of ponds, rivers and lakes
can be seen in the Visitor Centre Wild Garden

   
The leaves of Loosestrife are similar in shape and texture to those of the willow. This explains part of the scientific name since salix is the Latin name for willow. The juice of the plant is rich in tannin and was once used for tanning leather.