These photos of purple loosestrife were taken near the dam at Freedom Street on July 14,
    2006. There's a bit more of it here and there on the pond, but so far, there's not much. The
    Audubon wildflower book says, "This showy magenta-flowered perennial, a European
    introduction, covers acres of wetlands, providing a truly spectacular sight. It is an
    aggressive species and tends to crowd out native aquatics valuable to waterfowl and other
    wildlife."

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