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Loosestrife

Lysimachia spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

7a-10a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Loosestrife Overview

Lysimachia is a genus of nearly 200 species of summer-flowering herbaceous and evergreen perennial species in the primrose family, Primulaceae. It is commonly known as Loosestrife and is native to the damp grasslands and woodlands of subtropical and temperate regions from Africa to Europe. Loosestrifes have simple leaves and flowers that come in a variety of forms, including star, bowl and cup shape, that are produced on panicles or individually in leaf axils. The low-growing species are commonly cultivated as ground cover while taller Lysimachias are suited to cultivated flower borders and naturalising in wildlife gardens where they attract pollinating insects of all kinds. They like moist conditions and are often seen on the edges of ponds and bog gardens. Most Lysimachia species are hardy, but frost-tender species can be grown in a cool greenhouse. A tolerant group of plants, they are happy in full sun and partial shade, and most soils, as long as they are moderately fertile and moist.

Common problems with Loosestrife

How to propagate Loosestrife

Division

Seed

Special features of Loosestrife

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Wet sites