Any idea what this plant is? It seems to be thriving in the reed bed of a local river and I just wondered what it was.
It's purple loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria
Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria. Very pretty
Ah great, thanks both of you
It is very pretty and would be a nice one to put by my pond at home, I think I'll be collecting some seeds in the autumn.
Actually, maybe not. I just read up on it and it's extremely invasive with 3 million seeds per plant per year and a 100 percent germination rate. Shame as it seems a good one for the bees other wildlife.
Don't be frightened of it! I'd sow just a few and try one. Spectacular in a pond that's big enough - up to 7ft. HC