Loosestrife

Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple'

Loosestrife - Lythrum virgatum  'Dropmore Purple'

Common Name: Loosestrife
Genus: Lythrum
Species: virgatum
Cultivar: 'Dropmore Purple'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

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

Intense purple-red flowers appear on tall flower spikes from early summer above lance-shaped foliage. This is a spectacularly colourful plant for watersides, pond banks and woodland borders where the soil is reliably moist. It is a clump forming perennial that attracts butterflies, birds and bees to their nectar.

  • Garden Care: It self-seeds freely so if you want to control its spread remove the flowerspikes as they fade.

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