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Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.6m to 1.2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourReddish-purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife). This species will produce dramatic and colourful flowering spikes and is well-known for its rampant invasiveness. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, Asia

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, border, bog, semi-aquatic.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will grow in most soil conditions as long as there is moisture.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or by division and it also self-seeds.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails may damage plants.

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