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Lythrum salicaria 'Feuerkerze'

Loosestrife

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Magenta

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (122062)

Plant details

A long-flowering plant with a strong presence, useful for late summer and early autumn, 'Feuerkerze' is ideal for growing in boggy soil by a pond or stream. It sends up slender stems laden with vibrant, rose-red flowers. Divide every few years to keep it under control. It is the only loosestrife to have been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS and should not be confused with lysimachia, which has the same common name.

Family: Lythraceae

Genus: Lythrum

Species: salicaria

Cultivar: Feuerkerze

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Magenta

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: April to April


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