Loosestrife

Lysimachia ephemerum

Photo/Illustration: 
C. Joanna Sheldon
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Loosestrife (Lysimachia ephemerum)
Genus:  Lysimachia
This herbaceous perennial forms clumps of gray-green leaves from which arise slender racemes of small white flowers with mauve-colored veins, making for an almost gray appearance. It makes an interesting cut flower, and the plant is not invasive like other loosestrifes.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Vertical presence, gray-green foliage, white flower spikes.
Care:  Humus-rich, preferably moist soil with good drainage that does not dry out in summer. Full sun or part shade. Stake if needed.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or fall. Seed in containers outdoors in spring.
Problems:  Rust, leaf spot

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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