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My mom and i were driving up 11th avenue, Madawaska ME around the end of August. Just across from the elementary school, tall plant at the edge of an uninhabited property, caught her eye. She tells me that she's been planing on digging the plant up for a while and putting it in one of her gardens. At the time, I didn't think anything of it, but two days later, my science teacher introduced this website to my class. She uses her previous observations to demonstrate how to work the site. She begins to talk about this invasive plan called purple loosestrife. As she shows us pictures, the plant begins to look very similar to the plant my mom had dug up the previous day. It's when my teacher explains the location of where the plant USED to be, that i realized that my mom had just dug up and planted an invasive species. I stopped my teacher and explained to her what had happened to the purple loosestrife. How coincidental? My teacher soon assigned us a project. We would have to pick a species and try to prove whether or not it is really what we thought it was. It didn't take long for me to decide which species I would pick. I recently found out that BEFORE my mom took the plant and planted it, we already had TWO purple loosestrifes on our property! Now that she knows they are invasive, she will make an effort cut off the flowers every fall so that the plant can't reproduce and spread. They're all in my back yard at the moment, two in one flower bed, one in another.
On purple loosestrife, the flowers are at the top of the plant, along it's stem. Each flower has 5-7 pedals are that are magenta, and are arranged in a star-like shape.
The stem to purple loosestrife is always square. I cut a part of the stem to show the shape, like my teacher Four Seasons did, to prove that it is the same plant.
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What a Story: Purple Loosestrife
Sat, 2011-09-03 10:00
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