Purple Loosestrife ‘Lythrum salicaria’

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A lovely plant with bright red/purple spikes Good in a moist border or bog garden. Other names of Purple loosestrife include Spiked loosestrife and purple lythrum, They can gorw up to 1-2 meters tall forming Clonal colonies, can be found in ditches, wet meadows, marshes and along side lakes and ponds. They are pollinated by long-tongues insects including bees and butterflies.

It has been used as an astringent medicinal herb to treat diarrhoea and dysentery; it is considered safe to use for all ages, including babies. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens, and is particularly associated with damp, poorly drained locations such as marshes, bogs and watersides. However, it will tolerate drier conditions. The leaves will make a beige/grey dye while the flowers make greyish/violet.


Additional information

Sun Preference

Sun either Partial or Full

Soil Preference

Most Soils OK

Suitable for

Enjoys a damp position, nearby or alongside ponds, rivers and bogs preferably, but can survive in a moist border.


Loved by bees and butterflies.

Flowering season

June – August

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