Updated: 09/02/2013 6:24 AM
Created: 08/29/2013 5:02 PM KSTP.com
By: Joy Lim Nakrin
An invasive weed is spreading fast this year, and it comes in the form of a beautiful flower.
Chip Welling of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says, "a number of people have observed more Purple loosestrife this summer than they have in previous years."
The plant was introduced from Europe to the North America in the late 1800's but then spread out of control. Since the late 1990's the DNR has used a beetle to control the weed. But our unusual weather has disturbed that balance.
Welling explains, "we had a late ice out, a cool spring, and quite a bit of rain early in the summer. These conditions may have allowed the plant to get ahead of the beetles."
According to the DNR, there are about 2,000 Purple loosestrife infestations in our state mostly around lakes, rivers and wetlands.