Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia)Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia)
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Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia) - 05

Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia) - 05
(Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia) - 05) This is a semi-top view of a whorled loosestrife.  There is an interesting legend about the scientific and common naming of this wildflower:  In ancient times, Lysimachus, the king of Sicily, was being chased by an angry bull, and not being able to outrun him, the king grabbed a whorled loosestrife and waved it at the oncoming bull, which had a calming effect upon the bull (it loosed the bull from his strife).  The translation of the name, Lysimachus, in Greek, is also "loose strife."
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