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PlantFiles: Loosestrife
Lysimachia lichiangensis

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Lysimachia (ly-si-MAK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lichiangensis (ly-kee-ang-EN-sis) (Info)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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No positives
4 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral altagardener On Feb 26, 2010, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

No, it is not the same as purple loosestrife, which is an entirely different genus. Purple loosestrife is Salicaria spp.; this is Lysimachia.

"Loosestrife" is simply a common name, which, unfortunately, is used to refer to different, unrelated genera. Please do a little research before posting.

Neutral saya On Jul 29, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I'm glad to see a picture of it. I've had seeds sown and I 've forgotten to take pictures of the seedlings...and somewhat later I 've lost the plants. The seedlings were so cute to see..they've show the veined variegation as tiny as they are allready. I did 'nt see the plants flowering...

Negative conniecola On Sep 5, 2004, conniecola from Lincoln, NE wrote:

If the Loosestrife is the same as the Purple Loosestrife, then it is considered a noxious weed, and is banned in Lincoln, Ne. It does something to the streams, and wet lands.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

An attractive plant, with palest pink open bell-shaped flowers faintly veined with deep rose. These are followed by spikes of spherical burgundy-red seed pods, all this above dark green leaves their edges shaded with red.

Neutral lupinelover On Feb 1, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Short-lived perennial.


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

Sioux Center, Iowa
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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