Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: yellow
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, pond margin plant, rock garden plant, stream margin plant
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Lysimachia lanceolataAlso known as:
Steironema heterophyllum, Steironema lanceolatum
Lysimachia lanceolata is a 1' to 2' tall, elegant, erect perennial wildflower. The stems are thin, angled and usually purple, providing a good contrast with the green foliage. The leaves are elongated, lance-shaped, and often folded along the central vein, giving the plant an overall streamline and delicate appearance. The flowers emerge on stalks from the upper leaves' axils. They are yellow, five-petaled with pointed or ragged tips, and gently nod downward.
Lanceleaf loosestrife enjoys a broad native range in the eastern US. It occurs in wide variety of environments, including prairies, dry open woodlands, and wet stream or swamp margins. Best performance will be in rich, moist well-drained soil, in full to part-sun. Equipped with a taproot, it will tolerate dry, poor soils, even rocky or compacted ones. It spreads by rhizomes, less so by seed, to form small colonies, and is not aggressive. Flowering period lasts about a month, beginning in early to mid-summer. Zones 4-8
Easiest to propagate by separating young offshoots from mature plants, before they develop their taproot. Can be propagated from seed without pretreatment, but germination rates are low.
Lysimachia lanceolata is a highly adaptable, under-utilized ornamental. It can be used effectively in the front of perennial flower beds, in rock gardens, around water features, or naturalized in open areas.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
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