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PlantFiles: Burgundy Gooseneck Loosestrife
Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais'

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

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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7 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive iowhen On Jun 5, 2014, iowhen from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant is unforgettably gorgeous. I planted two of them very late in the season two years ago, and was disappointed that they got scorched and didn't come back the following year. Then last week I noticed a few stems of it peering out from under the hedge close to where I planted the originals. Bonus good luck: found more at the store today.

Positive Jay11 On Jun 4, 2014, Jay11 from Cambridge, MA wrote:

I also grew this from seed last year. It is just blooming now, the following June. I find the combination of the gray foliage and the burgundy flower spike delightful. For me this is a plant well worth the effort to keep it by division or starting new seedlings.

Positive coriaceous On Feb 19, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

'Beaujolais' is a beautiful plant that appears to be the same as the species. Commercial plants are seed-grown.

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 a very long season of bloom. 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. Flowers are not purple but a very dark burgundy red that's almost black. The leaves have a silver stripe down the middle, and a subtle silvery bluish tone over all.

This is a well-behaved clump-former, and does not spread underground like Lysimachia clethroides (gooseneck loosestrife). It's really kind of a wimp. I'm trying it a second time---lost it once during the winter, after planting it in too much shade. It is said to be a short-lived perennial (or perhaps a biennial) that---like purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) or feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)---maintains itself (where happy) by self-sowing (though so far I've seen no seedlings).

Unlike some of its congeners, this is not weedy or aggressive in the garden, nor has it been reported to naturalize anywhere in North America. The USDA maintains a huge database of plants that have naturalized in North America, and this species is conspicuously absent. It is also absent from the definitive and exhaustive BONAP atlas.

The common name that heads this listing ("purple gooseneck loosestrife") is not widely used, and it invites confusion with both gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) and purple loosestrife (Lythrum virgatum and Lythrum salicaria), which are famously invasive. This plant is more commonly (and less confusingly) called burgundy loosestrife.

Update June 9, 2014: I bought one last year for the second time, and for the second time, it has failed to survive its first winter for me. But yesterday, I noticed a small crop of little seedlings where it grew last season. YAY!

August 2014: Seedlings transplanted to full sun grew well, those in part shade have languished.

Positive cwaeir On Jun 12, 2013, cwaeir from Norman, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love this plant. Grew fast and beautifully. Heavy flood rain beat it up quite a but though but even with it flopped to the side some it still is vibrant

Negative ms_greenjeans On Aug 30, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted two of these in a border in late spring/early summer. They looked good for about a month and then started to decline. Something, I assume insects, chewed up these and the lysimachia punctata planted near it, and it looked just terrible. Eventually it all withered and died. No other plants or shrubs in the vicinity were attacked like this. Everything I read about this type of plant indicates it has few pest problems, so I'm just confounded.

Positive fortsnow On Jun 11, 2010, fortsnow from Fort Collins, CO wrote:

Just planted this in my yard and excited to see how it does. It is absolutlely beautiful. It will get some sun in my yard - I am interested to see how it does in the heat. Planted it with sunset echinachea and freisland salvia, veronia too.

Positive plantations On Jul 12, 2009, plantations from Ashland, OR wrote:

I also started this plant from seed, in my greenhouse, and now have three robustly beautiful, blooming plants. I am wondering if anyone knows if I should cut the bloomstalks down or let them reseed, as I believe it behaves as a biennial, to ensure constancy in the garden? I have had some lysimachias that were sleeping dragons, ugh! Sharon/Plantations50

Positive blueberrybabe On Jun 25, 2008, blueberrybabe from Watervliet, MI wrote:

I started this plant from seed and it germinated readily in a greenhouse in February. Added it to my garden last year and am astonished at its beauty in just one year. Love it and recommend it to a lot of people.


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

Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Davenport, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Manhattan, Kansas
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Watervliet, Michigan
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Haviland, Ohio
Norman, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ashland, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Fairmont, West Virginia
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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