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Purple Gooseneck Loosestrife
Lysimachia atropurpurea

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Lysimachia (ly-si-MAK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: atropurpurea (at-ro-pur-PURR-ee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bodega Bay, California

Calistoga, California

Redwood City, California

Richmond, California

Danielson, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Greenville, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Dixfield, Maine

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Helena, Montana

Corvallis, Oregon

San Antonio, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Langley, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
4
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 25, 2013, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is not to be confused with either the widely invasive purple loosestrife or the thuggish gooseneck loosestrife.

Burgundy loosestrife is a plant of quiet beauty with beautiful silvery bluish foliage and a very long season of bloom.

The leaves have a silver stripe down the middle, and a subtle silvery tone over all.

The flowers are not purple but a very deep burgundy red that's almost black. Bloom proceeds on the flower spikes from the bottom upwards, and the spikes continue to lengthen and produce new buds at the tip for month after month. No deadheading is necessary. If you cut the flower spike at the base, multiple secondary spikes will form.

Prefers full sun and well drained soil. It is reasonably drought tolerant... read more

Positive

On Aug 3, 2012, MTVineman from Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Absolutely love this plant! What a beautiful plant she is. I am in love with the silvery bluish leaves and the spikes of flowers? WOW! They are just gorgeous. I seem to be the only person around this part of Montana ( maybe all of Montana? ) that grows this and/or knows what it is. Mine has stayed right where I planted it and it is in full bloom as we type and has been for sometime now. I purchased my plant from Annie's Annuals in Richmond, California via mail order along with a number of other plants. They have all done splendidly well and this one is all I hoped for and more. I was attracted by the photo and description of the plants leaves, growth habit and especially those fabulously beautiful reddish purple flowers that grow like Gooseneck Loosetrife or Looseneck Goosetrife as I like ... read more

Neutral

On Jun 16, 2005, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We've grown Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais' for two years. Last year we planted it in full sun in heavy, sticky clay soil - it succumbed in the summer heat. This year we planted it in several spots with different light conditions (full sun to light shade) in much better soil and so far it seems to be thriving. It does, however, appear to be a finicky plant - not too wet, not too dry, but we still love the burgundy flowers and the gray-green foliage and are hoping for success this year. This is NOT an invasive species and should not be confused with the invasive tendencies of the other species in this genus. At summer's end we'll report how the plant survived the hot summer heat of Virginia . Hopefully we'll be able to replace the neutral rating with a positive!

Neutral

On Jun 13, 2003, RubyStar from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm giving this burgundy-colored "Gooseneck Loosestrife" a neutral rating because I just added it this year, but I was drawn to those interesting hooked flowers. This plant reportedly spreads in a manner similar to the white gooseneck, but I don't mind that and have instead planted it in a spot where it can roam.

While Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife) should be avoided like the plague, Lysimachia atropurpurea (purple Gooseneck Loosestrife) is a different plant.

Neutral

On Apr 19, 2003, feministg from Iowa City, IA wrote:

I believe that the invasive loosestrife is Lythrum, not Lysimachia. Lysimachia is in some cultivars and/or species invasive, but not in the same way. I grow one Lysimachia in a pot sunk in the ground, and it's stayed there for years.

Positive

On Apr 13, 2003, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I grow this in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in full sun with Scabiosa atropurpurea, Berberis 'Hellmond's Pillar' and Carex buchananii in my "black" garden. It appears to have no invasive tendencies here because it is rather dry; it begins blooming very early here.

Neutral

On Aug 25, 2001, KatBaxter from Feeding Hills, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Wine red flowers in spikes with wavy blue gray foliage. Growth habit is much like Liatris. Use for backgrounds, naturalizing. Not recommended for wet soils, as it may be invasive. Should be okay in moist soil as a spreader.

Not to be confused with Lythrum virgatum aka "Purple Loosestrife"