Purple Loosestrife

Latin Name:

Lythrum salicaria

Manx Name:

lus skeaylley


July - September

Locations where this species is found:
Ballannette Ballaglass Glen Ballaugh Curraghs Ballachurry Nature Reserve

One Manx name for this flower is "lus skeaylley", which means "plant of scattering" - probably a reference to its ability to produce many seeds - a single plant can produce over 2.7 million seeds in a year!

It is considered invasive in many other parts of the world, but not particularly common on the island as it is an established part of our ecosystem and is kept under control by insects, animals and other plants.

Another Manx name for this flower is "Shellaghan gorrym-jiarg", which means "purple willowherb".
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