Don't let these beautifully purple-colored plants fool you. They are not very friendly. You recognize them, don't you? I was surprised when I, too, learned how troublesome and unwanted these plants are, because I see them everywhere I go!

They may even be on your Maine property. Here's what I found out. According to, the Purple Loosestrife started to show their purple stems as early as 1902 in Skowhegan. The state of Maine recognizes that there is also no way to free us from this species, even though experiments have been done. Small loosestrife eating beetles have been said to slow down the spread, but not stop it.

Asim Rehman via Unsplash
Asim Rehman via Unsplash

Why are they so bad?

According to, this flower does nothing but negatively affect wildlife and agriculture, as it eliminates food, nesting, and shelter.

It is literally a single-species that no animal, fish, or mammal depends upon for anything. And it germinates at an extremely high rate.

Even though the Purple Loosestrife is pretty to look at, they pose a big threat to the native flora and fauna in Maine. And one of the biggest issues is that its growth is so aggressive, which outcompetes native plants for resources.

The spread of these plants threaten biodiversity, because they lower the availability for habitat for other good plants to thrive.

These plants do nothing for our ecosystem.

Are they harmful to humans?

No. They are more dangerous for the environment. It is a toxic plant (but very low toxicity), and you should not eat it.

According to the State of Maine, if you find a new infestation of these and their growth has gotten out of hand, you can pull them up. If you pull them, make sure to get the plant all the way down to the root. However, there is still no cure to completely eradicate this unwanted plant in Maine.

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