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In June 08, I received this plant from a lady that leans toward attracting the pollinators. This was sold as a Lysimachia but unsure of the cultivar. The Plant ID forum ID'd it accordingly.
I will place it in high shade in hopes of enjoying the reddish color as well as the blooms. I actually planted in full sun to retain color...
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Jul 15, 2008
This was a flea market addition from a lady that plants to attract butterflies. I was told it was a Lysmachia. Not sure which one so I solicited an id on the Plant ID forum and this is what they determined.
Aug 29, 2008
LYSIMACHIA Ciliata Purpurea -
Plant 16" apart.
Dark purple novelty plant. Large purple leaves up stems topped with small yellow flowers. Spreads, Some sources say it can be invasive, but it is not in my dry, part sun bed. Very hardy.
Common name: Purple-leaved Loosestrife
Height x width: 36" x 36"
Growth rate: fast
Foliage: opposite or whorled in 4s, ovate to lanceolate, 4-6" long, dark red for cultivar, green for species, ciliate hairy margins
Flowers: yellow, early to midsummer, single or paired from upper leaf axils, larger in species; may be confused with species fraseri which has flowers in panicles, and is a rare native to Southeast U.S.; more pronounced red basal blotches to petals of species than of cultivar
Hardiness: zones 3 to 8
Soil: moist, most, tolerates damp
Light: sun, part shade
Pests and Problems: leaf scorch from dry soil, mites, groundhog feeding
Landscape habit, uses: may be root invasive and difficult to contain, masses in borders, slopes, damp areas (not near water as root pieces can be relocated, invading habitats), cut flower or foliage, fall color, foliage contrast with silver foliage such as Artemisia, background for lower white, pink or yellow flowers such as Coreopsis
Other culture: see notes under landscape uses, will need dividing to try and contain yearly, or maintain space with hoe between it and other plants
above information from ebay ~ nckoby
Nov 24, 2008
In ground and doing. The top growth died down at summers end. Now, I find new growth under the mulch.