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12/01/2014 at 20:23

Is anyone able to ID the pink plant in this photo ?  I know it is a perennial, I grew it in Kansas, USA and it grew so well, would love to have it in my garden over here, but can't remember what is is called.  Any ideas ?  Thank you.


12/01/2014 at 20:25

It looks like purple loosestrife to me - really good for bees 

12/01/2014 at 20:37
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

It looks like purple loosestrife to me - really good for bees 

That looks a very nice plant. Ive just googled it and in Canada it seems to be an invasive weed with no predators.....

I assume its ok in the UK?

12/01/2014 at 20:46

It makes a nice show in my garden

12/01/2014 at 20:58

Lovely plant, UK native, likes it's feet to be damp, good near rivers, streams, ponds etc. or in semi-shade  Not classified as invasive in the UK as far as I'm aware - in fact it's good for pollinating insects so definitely one to have 

12/01/2014 at 21:08

Its on my shopping list. I'll maybe put it by my new pond?

13/01/2014 at 09:39

Looks like Loosestrife, but wondering if it can be as it was v hot and dry in summer so definitely didn't have roots in damp soil... Sprinklers came on every few days but not sure that would be enough for a marginal plant ?  

13/01/2014 at 09:42

It's not a marginal plant, just a damp lover. 

Though I have to admit I'm not totally convinced that it is purple loosestrife. 

13/01/2014 at 18:54

If not loosestrife, could it be one of the veronicas eg longifolia or spicata?

14/01/2014 at 00:02

I would agree with Purple Loosestrife.

14/01/2014 at 12:02

Can you take a photo which shows the flower and leaf up close?

16/01/2014 at 13:47

I can confirm that Loostrife can grow/flourish in a dry, south facing garden.  I inadvertendly introduced some into my garden on a plant that was given to me and haven't been able to get rid of the darn things since!  They re-seed everywhere!  However, easy enough to pull up and get rid of!  Good points are that it does look fairly attractive and the insects and bees love it

16/01/2014 at 14:01

great thank you.  Friends in the US thought Loosetrife as well.  Strange that I bought it in a lovely garden centre there when it is considered so invasive in many States.  

16/01/2014 at 17:07

There are several varieties of purple loosestrife - the one I have is quite shrubby and is growing underneath an old apple tree, so not too damp in summer.  I think it is tolerant of a variety of conditions, and that day lily growing next to it makes a lovely combination.

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