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Please identify this plant. It is about two feet tall and thriving in the shade of large trees near the edge of a small street.enter image description here

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This is one of my favorite perennials. Yours look very happy. It is a cousin of one of the top ten most badest weeds, grin. Seriously. You shouldn't worry. Just in case you'd like to confine these to certain beds cut off the flower spikes before they go to seed. – stormy Jul 19 '14 at 6:16
@stormy out of curiosity, what is the 'most badest' weed you were referring to? – J. Musser Jul 20 '14 at 0:53
Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria or virgatum. – stormy Jul 20 '14 at 22:04

That is Gooseneck Loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides. The common name comes from the shape of the flower spike, which somewhat resembles a goose's neck curve.

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