Etymology: Lythrum: from Greek lythron meaning "blood," and alluding to the color of the flowers or to the reputed styptic (tending to contract or bind, tending to check bleeding) qualities of some species
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb, hairless, finely branched; stems 4 -angled
Leaves: thick, rigid, stalkless, crowded on the branches and usually with only the lower leaves opposite
Flowers: purple, 6-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide; solitary in the upper leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: wet to moist; meadows, shores, shallows, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = OBL Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key