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Lysimachia clethroides

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This vigorous grower has attractive, smooth, narrowly oval pointed leaves are mid-green above, pale green beneath. Tiny saucer-shaped white blossoms are produced in dense, tapered terminal spikes, 4 to 8 inches long, that curve gracefully over and down, from July to September. Leaves turn to rich gold in autumn.

CareGrow in rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer. May need support. Control vigorous habit by digging up new shoots.

PropagationDivide in spring or autumn.

ProblemsRust and leaf spot.

  • Genus : Lysimachia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. portisheadcyclec 10/31/2017

    Horrid plant that grows and spreads so quickly. Have been injection weed killer into larger stems to control them, which worked this year. But they will be back. Contain well if you choose these!

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