Also known as
Black Blood, Long Purples, Purple Grass, Rainbow Weed, Red Sally, Rose Loosestrife, Rosy Strip, Sage Willow, Soldiers, Spiked Loosestrife, Willow Weed, Purple Lythrum, Purple willowherb
Lythrum salicaria - harilik kukesaba by Ivar Leidus (CC BY-SA 3.0)
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Purple Loosestrife Overview
Lythrum salicaria, commonly known as Purple Loosestrife, is a robust wildflower that produces dramatic and colourful flowering spikes. It is well-known for its rampant invasiveness and is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. Its preference for poorly drained and consistently moist soil makes it a great choice to grow alongside water or in boggy patches in full sun. The 2cm wide flower spikes are densely packed with bright purple flowers, extremely attractive to pollinating insects. Deadhead fading flowers before the seeds have developed and dividing plants every three years will help control these plants' spread.
Common problems with Purple Loosestrife
How to propagate Purple Loosestrife
Divide every three to five years by lifting - digging up clumps in spring or autumn, Replanting or potting up straight away.
Special features of Purple Loosestrife
Attracts useful insects
This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Ideal to grow on banks alongside water.
Other uses of Purple Loosestrife
This plant suits being included in Cottage, Informal, Wildflower or Meadow planting schemes.