ID and info about plant

Asked June 30, 2020, 8:12 AM EDT

What are the scientific and common names of the plant pictured? Is it native to our area? If not, is it considered invasive? (I've been impressed by how the insects swarm it!) Thank you, I love this service!

Calvert County Maryland

1 Response

This is gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides). It is not invasive per se, meaning a non-native plant that is harmful to humans and the environment. On the other hand, they don't call it loosestrife for nothing.

It can very aggressive and take over home landscape or beds. You see the rhizomes. In a dry spot, it may grow reasonably, but then if there is a lot of rain, all bets are off.

Here's more about it: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=285552

Ellen