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More elegant than most loosestrifes, which are usually rather rugged plants for wet soil, this plant looks exactly like a 90cm (3ft) tall buddleja bush. From mid- to late summer, the upright stems of narrow, paired leaves are topped by arching spikes of white flowers. It is good for a sunny border that stays moist in summer and can also be used around a pond. It associates well with other moisture-loving plants such as Inula and Lythrum. Like them, loosestrife can become rather invasive, and clumps need dividing every three years to keep them within bounds. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Boggy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: September to May
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