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Lythrum virgatum (Purple loosetrife)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lythrum virgatum

Other names

Purple loosetrife

Genus

Lythrum Lythrum

Species

L. virgatum - L. virgatum is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial with lance-shaped leaves. It is an invasive plant, producing spires of rose-pink flowers in summer.


Lythrum virgatum is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Rose-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Lythrum virgatum (Purple loosetrife) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bog garden, Low Maintenance, Waterside, Wildflower

Cultivation

Plant in any moist, wet soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lythrum virgatum

Other names

Purple loosetrife

Genus

Lythrum Lythrum

Species

L. virgatum - L. virgatum is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial with lance-shaped leaves. It is an invasive plant, producing spires of rose-pink flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Rose-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lythrum virgatum (Purple loosetrife) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bog garden, Low Maintenance, Waterside, Wildflower

Cultivation

Plant in any moist, wet soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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