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Loosestrife

Lysimachia ephemerum

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 CharacteristicsVertical presence, gray-green foliage, white flower spikes.

CareHumus-rich, preferably moist soil with good drainage that does not dry out in summer. Full sun or part shade. Stake if needed.

PropagationDivide in spring or fall. Seed in containers outdoors in spring.

ProblemsRust, leaf spot

  • Genus : Lysimachia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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