Lythrum salicaria

Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Lythrum salicaria
  • Common name: Purple loosestrife
  • Plant type: Marginal
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 2m

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, is a tall-growing wildflower that grows naturally on banks of streams and around ponds. It has strong, upright stems, topped in summer with long, poker-like heads of bright purple-red flowers. Its flowers are extremely attractive to bees and butterflies.

For best results grow Lythrum salicaria in moist soil, such as around the edge of a pond. Plants shouldn't need staking but deadhead spent blooms regularly to maintain a tidy appearance, and divide clumps every three to five years to avoid congestion. Lythrum salicaria works well grown alongside other moisture-loving plants such as inula.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Clay/heavy/moist, Boggy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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