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Garden loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris)


Common names:

Garden loosestrife, garden yellow loosestrife,

Scientific Name:

Lysimachia vulgaris


Garden loosestrife is a tall upright rhizomatous noxious weed that grows up to 5 feet in height.  It is characterized by terminal panicles of bright yellow 5-petaled flowers.  Leaves are opposite to whorled, nearly sessile and lanceolate 7-12 cm in length.  The stems and leaves are soft and hairy.  Flowered are ringed by distinctive orange-margined green sepals. Underground rhizomes can spread to lengths up to 15 feet.  Plants reproduce from both rhizomes and seeds.

Life cycle:


Height of mature plants

3 to 6 feet

Flower color:

Yellow 5- petaled flower, that lack reddish or black streaks or dots

Bloom time:

Typically blooms during July and August.


The closely related Yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata) is a less aggressive garden ornamental, with lower flowers from emerging from the leaf axils, and the yellow flowers lack the orange-margined sepals, characteristic of the noxious garden loosestrife.


Garden loosestrife is found escaping in wetlands and along streams and river.  It is also likely to be found in garden setting.  This species is known to occur in only one location in Oregon.


Garden loosestrife invades wetland and riparian areas, where it displaces desirable native vegetation.  Once established it can spread rapidly, and has been known to displace very hearty plants such as cattails.  Invasion by garden loosestrife disrupts habitat for fish and wildlife, and can limit recreation opportunities in highly invaded sites.

Noxious Weed Listing:


This species is native to Europe.

Present in Clackamas County:



Oregon Noxious Weed Profile

USDA Plants

King County Noxious Weed Program

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England



Working Together

The old adage “many hands make light work” could not be truer when it comes to weed management. The WeedWise Program routinely works with a number of partnering entities and organizations across our region to combat invasive weeds.  This include local, state, and federal agencies as well local non-profits and watershed councils. Our partnerships also […]

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What are weeds?

There are a whole host of terms to describe weeds.  The term “weeds” itself can refer to any plant that occurs in an undesirable location. Terms like “non-native“, “exotic“, “alien” or “non-indigenous” refer to plants that occur in areas where they historically did not occur.  These terms make no distinction whether plants are desirable or undesirable.  The term “invasive” refers to a plant or animal that exhibits aggressive growth and displace other species.  Other terms like “noxious” or “nuisance” refer to plants that have special designation by the state or by a municipality the prohibits their sale or cultivation.  With this broad diversity of terms, it is no wonder that many people find themselves confused and wondering how to make sense of it all.

At the WeedWise program, we hope to clarify this issue by focusing on plants we refer to as “invasive weeds”Invasive weeds are plants that live outside their historic geographical range, and whose aggressive growth habit has a detrimental effect on our social, economic, or ecologic resources.  The three key components of invasive weeds are:

  1. They did not historically occur in our area but have been brought in either intentionally or unintentionally through human action.
  2. They exhibit aggressive growth that displaces native or desirable vegetation and will continue to spread unless actively controlled.
  3. They have a negative impact on our community.

These three characteristics clarify invasive weeds as those plants that pose the greatest threat to our community.  By focusing on invasive weeds the WeedWise program is working to maximize its limited resources to realize the greatest benefit to Clackamas County.

Defining our priorities

All invasive weeds pose a major threat to the residents of Clackamas County, but some of these pests can be more damaging than others.  In addition, the costs to control these invasive weeds greatly exceed the resources available for their management.  As a result, the WeedWise program has prioritized its efforts to target invasive weeds that pose the greatest risk, have the greatest negative impact, and may still be limited enough in their distribution to allow for eradication or containment in Clackamas County.  For these “priority” invasive weeds, the WeedWise program may have resources available to assistance Clackamas County landowners to control or manage these weeds.  For more common invasive weeds, the WeedWise program offers technical information and consultations to improve your efforts and to make your management practices more effective.

WeedWise Classifications

Priority:  These weeds are the highest priority and are actively being targeted for eradication by the WeedWise Program.  Landowners are encouraged to notify the WeedWise program for assistance with these weeds and to actively control them on their property.

Containment:  These weeds are a priority for management.  In some areas, these weeds are so widespread that treatments are not feasible in all locations.  For these weeds, infestations will be targeted for eradication when they occur outside of established containment areas.  For infestations within containment areas, landowners are encouraged to contact the WeedWise program for technical assistance in developing plans to improve the management of these invasive weeds.

Maintenance:  These weeds are damaging and widespread.  The WeedWise Program encourages control by landowners and can assist with the development of a plan to control these weeds.

No designation:  Some weeds listed below have no designation.  This is because the listed weed is either not a state-listed noxious weed or because it is not known to occur in or near Clackamas County.

Clackamas Weed List

Common NameScientific NameWeedWise ClassificationOregon ClassificationWashington Classification4-County CWMAColumbia Gorge CWMA
VelvetleafAbutilon theophrastipriorityBBBB
Barbed GoatgrassAegilops triuncialispriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Tree of HeavenAilanthus altissimamaintenanceBCBC
Garlic mustardAlliaria petiolatacontainmentB,TABA
False indigo bush Amorpha fruticosapriorityBBnot listedB
Wild chervilAnthriscus sylvestrismaintenancenot listedBnot listedB
Italian arumArum italicummaintenancenot listedCBB
False bromeBrachypodium sylvaticumcontainmentBABA
Butterfly bushBuddleja davidii (Buddleja varabilis)maintenanceBBBB
Flowering rush Butomus umbellatuspriorityA,TAWA
Welted thistleCarduus crispuspriorityA,Tnot listednot listednot listed
Drooping sedgeCarex pendulacontainmentWnot listedWB
Meadow knapweedCentaurea × moncktonii (C. pratensis)maintenanceBBBB
Spotted knapweedCentaurea stoebe (C. maculosa)maintenanceB,TBBB
Rush skeletonweedChondrilla junceapriorityB, TBDB
Canada thistleCirsium arvensemaintenanceBCCC
Bull thistleCirsium vulgaremaintenanceBCDC
Old man's beardClematis vitalbamaintenanceBCBC
Poison hemlockConium maculatummaintenanceBBBB
English hawthornCrataegus monogynamaintenanceBCCC
Yellow nutsedgeCyperus esculentusmaintenanceBBBB
HoundstongueCynoglossum officinalepriorityBBDB
Scotch broomCytisus scopariusmaintenanceBBCB
Wild carrot Daucus carotamaintenancenot listedCCC
Spurge laurelDaphne laureolapriorityBBBB
Common teaselDipsacus fullonummaintenancenot listedCCC
South American waterweedEgeria densamaintenanceBBCB
Myrtle spurgeEuphorbia myrsinitesmaintenanceBBEB
Oblong spurgeEuphorbia oblongatapriorityA,TAAA
GoatsrueGalega officinalispriorityA, TAAA
Shining geraniumGeranium lucidummaintenanceBBBA
Herb robertGeranium robertianummaintenanceBBCB
English ivyHedera helixmaintenanceBCCB
Irish ivyHedera hibernicamaintenanceBCCB
Giant hogweedHeracleum mantegazzianumpriorityA, TAAA
Orange hawkweedHieracium aurantiacumpriorityA,TBAA
Meadow hawkweedHieracium caespitosumpriorityB,TBAB
St. John's wort Hypericum perforatummaintenanceBCCC
Hairy cat's earHypochaeris radicatamaintenancenot listedCCC
JewelweedImpatiens capensismaintenanceWCCW
Policeman's helmet Impatiens glanduliferacontainmentBBBB
Yellow flag irisIris pseudacorusmaintenanceBCBB
Yellow archangelLamium galeobdolonmaintenanceBBBB
Large-flowered primrose willowLudwigia grandifloracontainmentB, Tnot listednot listedB
Primrose willowLudwigia hexapetalacontainmentB, TBnot listedB
Water primroseLudwigia peploides ssp. montevidensiscontainmentB, TAAA
Purple loosestrifeLythrum salicaria containmentBBBB
Fragrant water lilyNymphaea odoratanot listedCDC
Small broomrapeOrobanche minormaintenanceBnot listedDA
African ruePeganum harmalapriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Japanese butterburPetasites japonicanot listednot listedWB
American pokeweedPhytolacca americanaWnot listedBA
RibbongrassPhalaris arundinacea var. pictamaintenanceB,T Cnot listedC
Reed canarygrassPhalaris arundinaceamaintenanceWCnot listedC
Bohemian knotweedFallopia × bohemica ( Polygonum × bohemicum )containmentBBCB
Japanese knotweedFallopia japonica ( Polygonum cuspidatum )containmentBBBB
Giant knotweedFallopia sachalinensis ( Polygonum sachalinensis )containmentBBBB
Curly-leaf pondweedPotamogeton crispusmaintenancenot listedCCC
Sulphur cinquefoilPotentilla rectapriorityBBAB
KudzuPueraria montanapriorityA,TAAA
Lesser celandineRanunculus ficariamaintenanceBBBB
Armenian (Himalayan) blackberryRubus armeniacus (R. bifrons, R. procerus, R. discolor)maintenanceBCCC
Evergreen blackberryRubus laciniatusmaintenancenot listedCCC
Tansy ragwortSenecio jacobaeamaintenanceBBBB
Common groundselSenecio vulgarismaintenancenot listedCnot listedC
Blessed milk thistleSilybum marianumpriorityBAAA
Perennial sowthistleSonchus arvensis ssp. arvensismaintenancenot listedCDC
Common tansyTanacetum vulgaremaintenancenot listedCCC
GorseUlex europaeuspriorityB,TBAA
Garden yellow loosestrifeLysimachia vulgarispriorityA,TBAW
Spiny cockleburXanthium spinosumpriorityBCDC
Syrian bean-caperZygophyllum fabagopriorityAAAA
Biddy-biddyAcaena novae-zelandiaepriorityBnot listednot listedW
Russian KnapweedAcroptilon repenspriorityBBAB
Pheasant eyeAdonis aestivalispriorityBnot listednot listednot listed
Jointed goatgrassAegilops cylindricapriorityBCnot listedC
Ovate GoatgrassAegilops ovatapriorityAnot listedAW
CamelthornAlhagi pseudalhagipriorityABAA
BlackgrassAlopecurus myosuroidesnot listedCAW
Yellow tuftAlyssum corsicumpriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Yellow tuftAlyssum muralepriorityA,Tnot listedAW
RagweedAmbrosia artemisiifoliapriorityBnot listedDB
Annual buglossAnchusa arvensisnot listedBnot listedB
Common buglossAnchusa officinalispriorityB,TBAB
Absinth wormwoodArtemisia absinthiumnot listedCnot listedC
South African capeweedArtotheca calendulaWnot listednot listedW
Giant reedArundo donaxpriorityBnot listednot listedA
Common barberryBerberis vulgarisnot listedCnot listedW
Hoary allysumBerteroa incanapriorityA,TBAB
White bryoniaBryonia albapriorityABAA
FanwortCabomba caroliniananot listedBnot listedW
Plumeless thistleCarduus acanthoidespriorityA,TBAA
Turkish thistleCarduus cinereuspriorityAnot listednot listednot listed
Musk thistleCarduus nutanspriorityBBEB
Italian thistleCarduus pycnocephaluspriorityBADA
Slender-flowered thistleCarduus tenuifloruspriorityBADA
Smooth distaff thistleCarthamus baeticuspriorityAnot listedAW
Woolly distaff thistleCarthamus lanatuspriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Whitestem distaff thistleCarthamus leucocaulosWnot listednot listedW
Wild safflowerCarthamus oxyacanthaWnot listednot listedW
Longspine sandburCenchrus longispinusnot listedCnot listedC
Purple starthistleCentaurea calcitrapapriorityA,TAAA
Diffuse knapweedCentaurea diffusamaintenanceBBBB
Iberian starthistleCentaurea ibericapriorityA,Tnot listedAA
Brown knapweedCentaurea jacea maintenancenot listedBFB
Big-headed knapweedCentaurea macrocephalamaintenanceWAnot listedA
Malta starthistleCentaurea melitensismaintenancenot listedBnot listednot listed
Black knapweedCentaurea nigra maintenancenot listedBnot listedB
Vochin knapweedCentaurea nigrescensmaintenancenot listedAnot listedA
Yellow starthistleCentaurea solstitialispriorityBBAB
Feather-headed knapweedCentaurea trichocephalaWnot listednot listedW
Squarrose knapweedCentaurea virgatapriorityA,Tnot listednot listedA
Oriental clematisClematis orientalisnot listedAnot listedA
Field bindweedConvolvulus arvensismaintenanceB,TCCC
Jubata grassCortaderia jubatapriorityBCWB
Pampass grassCortaderia selloanaWCWC
Common crupinaCrupina vulgarismaintenanceBAnot listedW
Smoothseed alfalfa dodderCuscuta approximatamaintenanceBCnot listedC
Bigseed dodderCuscuta indecoramaintenanceBnot listednot listednotlisted
Japanese dodder Cuscuta japonicapriorityAnot listedAW
Five-angled dodderCuscuta pentagonamaintenanceBnot listednot listednotlisted
Purple nutsedgeCyperus rotunduspriorityAnot listedAA
Portuguese broomCytisus striatuspriorityB,Tnot listedWW
Cape ivyDelairea odoratapriorityAnot listedAW
Cutleaf teaselDipsacus laciniatuspriorityBnot listednot listedW
Tree echiumEchium pininanaWnot listednot listedW
Paterson's curseEchium plantagineumpriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Viper buglossEchium vulgareWBnot listedB
Water hyacinthEichhornia crassipesWnot listednot listednot listed
Russian oliveElaeagnus angustifolianot listedCnot listedC
Hairy willow-herbEpilobium hirsutum not listedBnot listedB
Spanish heath Erica lusitanicamaintenanceBnot listedWW
Toothed spurgeEuphorbia dentataWnot listednot listedW
Leafy spurgeEuphorbia esulapriorityB, TBBA
Common fennelFoeniculum vulgarenot listedBCB
French broomGenista monspessulanapriorityBAWA
Reed sweetgrassGlyceria maximanot listedAnot listedA
BabysbreathGypsophila paniculatanot listedCnot listedC
HalogetonHalogeton glomeratuspriorityBnot listednot listedW
Texas blueweedHelianthus ciliarisnot listedAnot listedA
SpikeweedHemizonia pungenspriorityBCnot listedC
Yellow hawkweedHieracium × floribundumpriorityA,TBAA
Polar hawkweedHieracium atratumnot listedBnot listedW
Whiplash hawkweedHieracium flagellarenot listedBnot listedW
Queen-devil hawkweedHieracium glomeratumnot listedBnot listedW
Common hawkweedHieracium lachenaliinot listedBnot listedB
Pale hawkweedHieracium lactucellanot listedBnot listedW
Smooth hawkweedHieracium laevigatumnot listedBnot listedW
Spotted hawkweedHieracium maculatumnot listedBnot listedW
Wall hawkweedHieracium murorumnot listedBWW
Mouse-ear hawkweedHieracium pilosellapriorityA,TBAA
King-devil hawkweedHieracium piloselloidespriorityA,TBAA
European hawkweedHieracium sabaudumnot listedBnot listedW
HydrillaHydrilla verticillatapriorityAAWA
Common frogbitHydrocharis morsus-ranaepriorityAnot listedAW
Black henbaneHyoscyamus nigernot listedCnot listedC
English hollyIlex aquifoliummaintenanceWWCnot listed
Small-flowered jewelweedImpatiens parvifloraprioritynot listedAAA
Dyers woadIsatis tinctoriapriorityBAnot listedA
KochiaKochia scopariapriorityBBnot listedB
Perennial peavineLathyrus latifoliusmaintenanceBnot listedCC
Lens-podded whitetopLepidium chalepensepriorityBnot listedAB
Hoary cressLepidium drabapriorityBCAB
Perennial pepperweedLepidium latifoliumpriorityB,TBAB
Hairy whitetopLepidium pubescenspriorityBCnot listedC
LepyrodiclisLepyrodiclis holosteoidesnot listedCnot listedW
Oxeye daisyLeucanthemum vulgaremaintenancenot listedCCC
West Indian spongeplantLimnobium laevigatumpriorityAAAW
Dalmatian toadflaxLinaria dalmaticapriorityB, TBBB
Yellow toadflaxLinaria vulgarismaintenanceBCBC
Rose campionLychnus coronariaWnot listednot listedW
Wand loosestrifeLythrum virgatum not listedBnot listedW
Scentless mayweedMatricaria perforatanot listedCnot listedC
Wild four o'clockMirabilis nyctagineanot listedAnot listedW
Variable-leaf milfoilMyriophyllum heterophyllumnot listedAnot listedA
Eurasian watermilfoilMyriophyllum spicatummaintenanceBBCB
Hybrid watermilfoil Myriophyllum spicatum × M. sibiricum not listedCnot listednot listed
Parrots featherMyrophyllum aquaticummaintenanceBBBB
MatgrassNardus strictapriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Yellow floating heartNymphoides peltatapriorityA, TBAA
Scotch thistleOnopordum acanthiumpriorityBBAB
Taurian thistleOnopordum tauricumpriorityA,Tnot listedAW
Mile-a-minute weedPersicaria perfoliataWnot listednot listedW
Common reed Phragmites australis ssp. australispriorityBBAB
Hawkweed oxtonguePicris hieracioides not listedBnot listedB
Himalayan knotweedPolygonum polystachyumpriorityBBnot listedB
Austrian fieldcressRorippa austriacanot listedCnot listedC
Creeping yellow cressRorippa sylvestrismaintenanceBnot listednot listedA
Sweet briar roseRosa rubiginosa ( R.eglanteria )Wnot listednot listedW
RavennagrassSaccharum ravennaepriorityAAAA
Grass-leaved arrowheadSagittaria graminea not listedBnot listedW
Delta arrowheadSagittaria platyphyllapriorityAnot listedAnot listed
Mediterranean sageSalvia aethiopismaintenanceBAnot listedA
Meadow clarySalvia pratensisnot listedAnot listedW
Clary sageSalvia sclareaWAnot listedW
Ricefield bulrushSchoenoplectus mucronatuspriorityWADA
Cereal ryeSecale cerealenot listedCnot listedC
White cockleSilene latifolia ssp. albanot listedCnot listedC
Silverleaf nightshadeSolanum elaeagnifoliumpriorityAAAA
BuffaloburSolanum rostratumpriorityBCDC
Sticky nightshadeSolanum sisymbriifoliumWnot listednot listedW
Field BurrweedSoliva sessilisnot listedCnot listedW
JohnsongrassSorghum halepensepriorityBAEA
Smooth cordgrassSpartina alterniflorapriorityA, TAAW
Common cordgrassSpartina anglicapriorityA,TAAW
Dense-flowered cordgrassSpartina densiflorapriorityA,TAAW
Saltmeadow cordgrassSpartina patenspriorityA,TAAW
Spanish broomSpartium junceumpriorityBAFA
SwainsonpeaSphaerophysa salsulapriorityBCnot listedC
Water soldiersStratiotes aloidespriorityAnot listedAnot listed
Medusahead ryeTaeniatherum caput-medusaepriorityBnot listedCC
SaltcedarTamarix ramosissimapriorityB,TBWB
Spurge flaxThymelaea passerinanot listedBnot listedW
European water chestnutTrapa natanspriorityAnot listedAA
PuncturevineTribulus terrestrispriorityBBCB
ColtsfootTussilago farfarapriorityABAA
Narrowleaf cattailTypha angustifolianot listedCnot listedC
Southern cattailTypha domingensisnot listedCnot listedW
Miniature cattailTypha minimanot listedCnot listedW
White cattailTypha x glaucanot listedCnot listedW
North Africa grassVentenata dubia ( V. avenacea )maintenanceBCnot listedC
Japanese eelgrassZostera japonicaWCnot listedW


The WeedWise Program is dedicated to helping protect Clackamas County from the ongoing threat of invasive weeds.  These projects are often based around the prevention or management or priority invasive weeds. We currently working on projects across the county, but focus largely on priority invasive weeds, priority sites, or on partnership projects.

Priority Weed Control Projects

Orange hawkweed control is an example of a priority weed control project underway at several locations in Clackamas County.

The priority weed control program focuses on the Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) of new or rare invasive weeds where the goal is either eradication or containment.  These projects allow us to focus our resources for maximum impact.  Priority weed control projects typically occur at the landscape level and impact multiple landowners either public or private.  These project focus on the control and eradication of a priority weed species.  Some examples of our current priority weed control projects include the active management of:

  • Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
  • False brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
  • Spurge laurel (Daphne laureola)
  • Oblong spurge (Euphorbia oblongata)
  • Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweed (Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica)
  • Goatsrue (Galega officinalis)
  • Orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum)
  • Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
  • Policeman’s helmet (Impatiens glandulifera)
  • Blessed Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
  • Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

The priority weed control projects are one of our highest priorities and target all known infestations across the county or within a given management area.

Priority Site Projects

The Bull Run Gate Project was initiated to protect the city of Portland’s municipal watershed from encroaching birds dispersed invasive weeds

Priority site projects are projects that are designed to protect areas of exceptional quality or of unique ecological, economic, or cultural importance.   Some examples of projects that the WeedWise program is currently working on or have spearheaded in the past include:

  • Barton Area Priority weeds project
  • Bull Run Gate weed control project
  • Coral Creek weed control project
  • Molalla River confluence project
  • Newell Creek restoration project
  • Salmon River priority weed control project
  • South Creek-Abernethy project
  • Lolo Pass priority weed control project

The priority site project areas are typically local or regional significance and are designed to protect or buffer these areas from  the encroachment or spread of invasive weeds.  The goals of these projects is typically focused on exclusion and maintenance of natural areas within the project areas.

Partnership Projects

Knotweed control efforts undertaken in conjunction with the Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership, focus area project.

Partnership project are those projects that are typically undertaken in conjunction with local and regional partners.  These projects are often complex and have diverse interests.  These projects involve working in cooperation with partner organizations to implement projects across broad geographic areas or across jurisdictional boundaries.  Examples of partnership projects include:

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To learn more about our projects please check the project drop downs in the navigation menu above, or contact us about information pertaining to a particular project mentioned.

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