Purple loosestrife is an invasive plant that originates from Europe. It was brought to North America in the 18th century in the soil found in boat ballast and as an ornamental plant. It is of particular concern in wetlands where it can outcompete native vegetation. Purple loosestrife can be identified by its tall stocks topped with large pink/purple flower spikes and its square woody stem.
Thanks to the continued support from Gibson Energy, we were able to have another successful pull year. On August 9th, staff from MJRWS, Gibson Energy, and the Ministry of Environment joined forces to remove purple loosestrife from the site located on the corner of Lorne Avenue and Manitoba St. E.
It was a difficult year as water levels were very high. However, we persevered and we filled the entire box of our truck. All plant matter was placed in garbage bags, allowed to decay, and properly disposed of at the dump.
With the assistance of members of the public, we also identified another target location in the city. Next year the plan is to tackle the old location and the new location near Sunningdale School.
Please contact Stephanie at [email protected] if you are interested in helping next year or have seen more locations with this plant.