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PURPLE LOOSE-STRIFE

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Lythrum salicaria. N.O. Lythraceae.

Synonym ► Purple Grass, Willow Strife.

Habitat ► By waterways; luxuriantly on river islands and banks.

Features ► Stem four- (sometimes six-) sided, up to four feet high. Leaves in pairs, threes or fours, nearly sessile, lanceolate, margins entire, two to five inches long. Flowers (July to September) large, reddish-purple, six to eight in rings round the stalk. Root woody.

Part used ► Herb.

Action ► Febrifuge, astringent, alterative.

Chiefly in feverish conditions with other herbs. Sometimes as an astringent in diarrhea. Used alone, simmer 1 ounce in 1 1/2 pints water for ten minutes. Dose, wineglassful as required.

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