Purple Loosestrife Lythrum Salicaria - 3L Pot - Cut Back
Lythrum Salicaria is a robust, herbaceous perennial with tall, upright stems bearing small, purplish-pink flowers and narrow, willowy leaves. It is suitable for flower borders and beds. It will add a charming splash of colour to your garden.
- Flower Colour: dark pink
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 1.5m
- Flowering Time: summer
- Uses: gardens, borders, containers
- Tolerance: frost tolerant
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: will reach max height in 2-5 years
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: clay, loamy, acid, alkaline, neutral
- Moisture: moist, poorly drained
Caring and Maintenance
Lythrum Salicaria is a low maintenance, easy-to-grow plant. Deadhead fading flowers to prevent self seeding, otherwise the plant may become invasive. Large clumps should be divided in early spring for propagation purposes and to avoid the overcrowding of roots. After the flowering period, all fading stems can be cut down.
Suited to poorly drained clay or loamy soils in full sun or partial shade. Prepare the flower bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil. Prepare a hole for the plant, place the plant in the hole and carefully yet firmly fill in with loose soil.
- Plant spreading: up to 50cm
Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They live for more than two years and typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring and their development of larger root systems, enabling them to access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.