Thursday, July 2, 2015

Loose Strife

Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, Blackwater Pond, MA, 2015

Blackwater Pond is a hell scape of blood sucking flies, ticks, and mosquitoes.  It is also a floral paradise, which probably explains the insects, at least partially.
I discovered loosestrife just beginning to bloom along the edges of the pond, and soon the shore line will be covered in it.  While considered invasive because it's not native to North America, it has enough medicinal value, and beauty, to make it a good addition.  Had I known that it makes for a good eye wash, I might have picked and dried some while we were there.

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