Purple Loosestrife Randolph has been trying to draw attention to this problem in the northern part of New Hampshire. I read an article on the front page of the Coos County Democrat about the plants referring to him, and gave him a call. Thomas Durkis from the NH Department of Agriculture is leading the effort to control the plants. They spread both from seeds, roots and stems sections. Just a piece of the plant can take root and grow. This European plant is spreading in northern New Hampshire. It proliferates in swamps and flood plains. The clump below is just above the dam near LaBonville's on Route 16, the Berlin - Gorham Road. Wherever it grows it takes over completely, displacing all the other plants in the habitat used by native animals and birds for food and cover.

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This European plant is spreading in northern New Hampshire. It proliferates in swamps and flood plains. The clump below is just above the dam near LaBonville's on Route 16, the Berlin - Gorham Road.

Wherever it grows it takes over completely, displacing all the other plants in the habitat used by native animals and birds for food and cover.

Purple Loosestrife in the Great North Woods Section of Northern New Hampshire

Purple Loosestrife invading the Great North Woods Region of Northern NH.

Bob Potter in Randolph has been trying to draw attention to this problem in the northern part of New Hampshire. I read an article on the front page of the Coos County Democrat about the plants referring to him, and gave him a call.

Thomas Durkis from the NH Department of Agriculture is leading the effort to control the plants.

They spread both from seeds, roots and stems sections. Just a piece of the plant can take root and grow.
I asked Bob to let me know of some of the plants before they were destroyed so I could get some pictures of them to help spread the word. He gave me a call a couple of days later. There was a clump on in the swampy area just above a dam by the Berlin - Gorham Road (Route 16).

I asked him what do do for the moment to help, he said to please remove the flowers, place them in garbage bags and burn them. That way the spread of the plants by seeds will be stopped by not letting the seeds form.

Sooo... here I am removing the flowers and stuffing them in garbage bags.

Purple Loosestrife flowers closeup on the Berlin - Gorham Road, Route 16 in the east part of the Great North Woods Region of Northern New Hampshire. Webmaster, Ed Sanders removing flowers and seeds.

I'm 6 feet, one inch tall so you can judge the size of the Purple Loosestrife.

Closeup of Purple Loosestrife flowers closeup on the Berlin - Gorham Road, Route 16 in the east part of the Great North Woods Region of Northern New Hampshire.

We had brought along some hand clippers, pruners and a battery powered hedge trimmer, not knowing what it would take to do the job.



I shortly found that the stalks are very brittle in the brown sections below the flowers. The green sections at the upper parts can be cut with any of the tools, but there is no need as you can just snap them easily lower on the stalk.



Then just bend and snap them in roughly thirds and they fit in a garbage bag.



The next step after this stop-gap measure will be to go back and dig them up. We weren't equipped for this at the time with just a car to carry them with. The upper sections just barely jammed into the trunk of our Saturn.

Links to off site Purple Loosestrife Resources and Info:

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 Manitoba Purple Loosestrife InfoCentre Purple Loosestrife:
What You Should Know, What You Can Do
Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife Program Invasive Exotic Plants of Canada Fact Sheet No. 4 - Purple Loosestrife - spiked loosestrife, rainbowweed; salicaire
Lythrum salicaria L.

Loosestrife Family - Lythraceae
PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE ALERT
Missouri Department of Conservation
Identification and Control of Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L.)
North Dakota State University
NDSU Extension Service 
 An Overview of Purple Loosestrife  PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE
Source: Idaho's Noxious Weeds
   STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, MARKETS AND FOOD
CHAPTER Agr 2200 SEEDS

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