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Lythrum salicaria/Purple Loosestripe

Lythrum salicaria / Lythrum salicaria
A clump in full bloom in an English garden
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A clump in full bloom in an English garden

Spikes of densely packed lavender-pink flowers

Close-up image of this summer flowering perennial

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Scientific Name: Lythrum salicaria
Common Name: Purple Loosestripe
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: This introduced plant, although easy to grow and produces lots of beautiful flowers, is very, very invasive and probably should not be planted anywhere. Its sale is prohibited in some midwestern states.