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Re: Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife is categorized as an exotic weed in Illinois. As such, 
its commercial sale in Illinois is prohibited.

At 12:28 PM 10/18/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi All -
>         I hope that  you can help me gather some information about Lythrum
>salicaria aka Purple Loosestrife. Indiana has banned its propogation and
>sale due to its invasiveness. However, I have been told that there are
>states, regions, countries in which L.s. thrives as a desirable landscape
>plant and yet is not invasive, but information about specific areas was not
>provided. My assumption would be that if habitat conditions allowed L.s. to
>thrive as a landscape plant the conditions would also favor its
>invasiveness. So, my question to each of you....what is the status of L.s.
>in your state? Please let me know if (1) it is classified as an undesirable
>invasive or (2) if it is used as a landscape plant without becoming
>invasive. Your experience in your own garden will not provide accurate
>data, as its seeds may be carried by birds and wind. It would be great if
>you could contact an authoritative source in your state (e.g., university,
>agricultural extension service) and let me know what you find out....or
>provide me with the URL of an authoritative website in your area.
>         Thanks in advance for your assistance.
>Carolyn Q. Bryson, Indianapolis
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