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Hairy loosestrife

Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

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Hairy loosestrife has dark burgundy- to chocolate-colored foliage that spreads to form large clumps but is generally not invasive. In midsummer, clusters of small yellow star-shaped flowers contrast with the leaves. It grows to 4 feet high and 2 feet wide and is good in a moist border, at a pond margin, or in a wild garden.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBurgundy foliage and contrasting yellow flowers. Native perennial.

CareGrow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. May need support.

PropagationSow seed in containers outdoors in spring. Divide in spring or fall.

ProblemsRust and leaf spot can occur.

  • Genus : Lysimachia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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