Loosestrife

Lysimachia ephemerum

Loosestrife - Lysimachia ephemerum

Common Name: Loosestrife
Genus: Lysimachia
Species: ephemerum

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

In early and mid summer tall spires of starry white flowers float on strong stems above attractive lance-shaped grey-green leaves. This lovely clump-forming perennial is one of the best loosestrifes for the garden and it makes an interesting cut flower too. It flowers best when planted in full sun but it will tolerate some shade. In its natural habitat it is found in meadows near streams where water is readily available so make sure the soil does not get too dry or plant it beside water.

  • Garden care: To maximise water retention incorporate lots of organic matter when planting. Apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plants in spring and lift and divide congested colonies.


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