Other uses and values
Purple loosestrife was previously used by European immigrants in herbal remedies for a variety of maladies . Purple loosestrife, as well as other loosestrifes, have long been popular with gardeners for their abundant and attractive floral displays and are still sold legally in some places. However, many North American horticulturalists have now abandoned its promotion because of its potential for escape [15,34,48,59,82,129]. It has also been utilized as a honey plant by beekeepers [96,129]. Purple loosestrife seed has occasionally been included in commercial "wildflower" seed mixes .
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- 96. Pellett, Melvin. 1977. Purple loosestrife spreads down river. American Bee Journal. 117: 214-215. 
- 15. Berghage, Robert; Sellmer, Jim. 1998. A note on purple loosestrife. Ornamental Horticulture Monthly Newsletter, [Online]. University Park, PA: Penn State University. 1(3), 5ff. Available: http://hortweb.cas.psu.edu/ohortex/news/1998/May_98.html [2002, March 19]. 
- 34. Ducks Unlimited Canada. 2000. Don't give purple loosestrife a home this summer, [Online]. 2000 News Release. Available: http://www.ducks.ca/NEWS/2000/000526.html [2002, March 3]. 
- 59. Johnson, Wayne S. 2000. I repent, repent, repent! Kill purple loosestrife--that beautiful weed. Nevada's Horticulture Connection, [Online]. Reno, NV: University of Nevada, Cooperative Extention. 1(1), 3ff. Available: http://www.extension.unr.edu/horticulture/april2000/purpleloosestrife.htmt [2002, March 19]. 
- 82. Mason, Sandra. 1999. Homeowner's column: Some plants are illegal to grow in Illinois, [Online]. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Extension, Urban Programs Resource Network (Producer). Available: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/champaign/homwowners/hc990515.html [2002, March 19]. 
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