Lythrum salicaria - Purple Loosestrife

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  • Approximate height: 120cm (48 inches)
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 10cm (0 - 4 inches)
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Supplied in the solid 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 - 2 litre pot

This pretty and well-known British native has tall stems of thin dark-green leaves topped with spires of bright pinky-purple flowers in summer. The flowers are extremely attractive to bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies, and butterflies (the plant is on the RHS 'Perfect For Pollinators' list). Very easy to grow. It is naturally quite a tall plant, but cutting back the shoots once or twice in spring before it flowers can bring it down to a much shorter height if desired, and also make it a more bushy shape, without affecting the formation of the blooms. Please note the lower leaves of this plant develop black speckles in the summer; this is normal and nothing to worry about.

It makes a pleasing contrast to the Pale Pink Form of this plant if grown together; they are identical apart from the colouring. 

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 2 Lythrum salicaria plants per square foot of ground, or 1 plant per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.