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Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea

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Plant types and subtypes: Newly Added, 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

Height: 1'-2'

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

Lysimachia lanceolata (lanceleaf loosestrife)
  • Lysimachia lanceolata (lanceleaf loosestrife)
  • Lysimachia lanceolata (lanceleaf loosestrife)

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Description

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea

Also known as:

lanceleaf loosestrife

,

lance-leaved loosestrife

Scientific Synonyms:

Steironema heterophyllum, Steironema lanceolatum

Description

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.

Cultivation

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. It has been rapidly gaining popularity as both a ground cover and a green mulch to be planted below taller-growing flowering perennials. The blooming period lasts about a month, beginning in early to mid-summer. Zones 4-8

Propagation

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.

Additional Notes

To be clear, Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea has not yet been recognized in botanical circles as a distinct variety or subspecies, and the use of use of 'var. purpurea' is questionable at this time. This naturally occurring variation of the straight species was put into cultivation by GroWild Inc, of Fairview, TN. They are currently working register the cultivar as Lysimachia lanceolata 'GroWild Child'.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Primulales
Family Primulaceae Primrose family
Genus Lysimachia yellow loosestrife
Species Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea lanceleaf loosestrife