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Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea (lance-leaved loosestrife)

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea

lance-leaved loosestrife

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea, or purple lance-leaved loosestrife, is a native plant endemic to North America east of the Mississippi. The wine red foliage of Lysimachia slowly creeps in the garden and grows 1'-2’ tall with an equal spread. Throughout the summer, the diminutive flowers twinkle and bloom a bright yellow, contrasting with the maroon leaves. Lance-leaved loosestrife is a quiet plant, settling along garden borders and along hillsides and at the base of trees or shrubs. What we love about this plant is its sunny tough-as-nails attitude, heat tolerance, and how it steadily spreads it rhizomes, covering the ground and suppressing weeds while supporting pollinators and wildlife. It’s easy to grow, delightful all year round, and is the living embodiment of ‘green mulch’. We couldn’t ask for more!

The short stature, continuous sunny bloom, and deep wine coloring of this native plant make Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea a new favorite groundcover, winning over our R&D Department by how it keeps weeds at bay and is a carefree plant. 

SIZE
Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

12-24 Inches

Spread

12-24 Inches

Spacing

18 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea Growing and Maintenance Tips

The preference is partial to full sun, and moist to mesic conditions. This plant usually grows in a loam or clay-loam soil, but it can tolerate soil with sandy or rocky material as well. The foliage is rarely bothered by disease; occasionally insects nibble the edges of the leaves. -Illinois Wildflowers

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Summer
Summer
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Evergreen

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Fall
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Vegetative