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My mother has a plant..that is about 3 ft. high and has tall spikes of purple on it. She thinks it's called Lithium. But I cannot find any info on it. Any ideas what it may be? Central Ohio here.
 

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If it's purple loosestrife, you don't want it, especially in Ohio. That is one state which has a program for total erradication of that invasive species. It's a pretty plant but will entirely take over any wetlands. For a time, it was legal to sell a "mule" version which supposedly did not produce fertile seeds. That didn't work out as that stuff also escaped into the wild. Even if you did get a stand of them started in Ohio, chances are good that an insect will come along and destroy them. That state is one of many which has imported a beetle which dines only on loosestrife. Thus you're against the wall no matter what. If the DNR officials don't come down on you, the bugs will!

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If it's Liatris, you can tell by the flowers. They shoot up the spikes with buds, but then start to open from the top down, very unusual in that respect.
 

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Thanks everyone!! I do believe it is the Liatris plant. But I'm not absolutely 100% positive of it. It has about about 12 or so decidious branches coming up in a group and it looks like I can probably get a start off if it that way too. It sure is very pretty when it blooms.(It's done blooming here now till next year) But I thought the Loosestrife plant was very pretty too!! I wish I could get one of them!! Thanks for everyone's help....my mother still believes it is called lithium!! LOL
 

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well, happy to learn that liatris is envasive...I buy bulbs this spring and they are now with my other flowers...but if I cut the dead head, it should not be as invasive??
 

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I vote that it's lythrum, too. Liatris comes up as a single stalk from a tuber, and lythrum comes up as a multi-branched plant from a fibrous root system. Lythrum's flowers are more of a rosy-purple than liatris. And lythrum is indeed banned as invasive in most places, while liatris is both a native wildflower and cultivated hybrids.
 

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If its lythrum, DONT take a cutting and start it. My mom did that a couple years ago, and now half her pond is filled with it. We've been in there pulling them out but I think its a losing battle :(
 

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How about Linum? (flax)
 

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Sorry Suelandress...but I looked at the pics of the Linum and I'd still say this plant is the Liatris...judging by all the info and all the pics I've seen of it so far. I will wait till next year and really watch the plant with a very close eye and take notes on it too. THEN...I will know for sure exactly what it is. But for now....I will call it a Liatris...and my dear mother will still call it her Lithium !! :haha: LOL :haha:
 
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