Swamp Loosestrife – Too much of a good thing?

The shrubby “walls” created by old fences aren’t the only kind of walls we need to keep cutting through. Swamp loosestrife has a beautiful flower.

However, at the edge of our ponds it’s forming a shrubby wall that blocks the view of the water as you stroll by. Since one of the key goals of the Prairie Garden Trust is to share the beauty of nature, a plant that would hog the view if we just sat back it let alone is a plant due for serious whacking, herbicide, burning, or whatever method works best.

This is not to be confused with purple loosestrife, though, which is not native. Purple loosestrife is highly invasive, has escaped from gardens and created a mess in U.S. wetlands. Still, swamp loosestrife is hearty grower and will require long-term whacking back to keep it as part—but not all—of the view.

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About Lorna Domke

Since 1981, I've lived on the land that surrounds, and will eventually be integrated into, the Prairie Garden Trust with my husband, Henry. Our long-term goal is to build on what Henry's parents began and create a nature garden of sorts for others to enjoy. Over the years I've planted prairie, mowed trails, created a website and done whatever I could to enhance what's here. For a few years I served on the board of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Since I retired from my role as Outreach & Education Division Chief at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation in 2010, I've started to put more time into the PGT. The PGT Nature Garden blog is one result.
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