|| ||80-220 cm high, erect, 4-angled, pubescent;becoming woody with age|
|| ||Stalkless leaves, opposite, entire, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, sometimes covered with fine hairs; the variability in pubescence and leaf shape is influenced by light levels - leaf area increases and fine hairs decrease with lower light levels |
|| ||Flower spikes, 1- to multi-flowered whorled axillary cymes, 15-35 cm|
|| ||Pink, complete flower, 5-7 petals, same number of sepals as petals, and twice as many stamens as petals; usually 6 sepals, 6 petals, 12 stamens; ovary superior, with two fused carpels|
|Fruits / pods:
|| ||Capsule, two-valved|
|| || June, July, August, September, October, November|
|| ||Humid habitats|
|| || The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Lythrum, Greek lythron, "blood," from the color of the flowers.
salicaria, salix, a willow-tree, arius, connected to or possessed by; willow like.
- The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.