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PlantFiles: Fringed Loosestrife
Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Lysimachia (ly-si-MAK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: ciliata (sil-ee-ATE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Firecracker

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
3 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Mar 15, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've admired the dark maroon spring foliage of this plant, though it tends to fade to green as the season progresses. The yellow summer flowers are small but not unattractive.

However, this is not a good neighbor to other plants in a mixed border. It spreads aggressively underground by shallow rhizomes and easily overwhelms its neighbors unless it receives regular attention and maintenance. A root barrier could be used to reduce maintenance. I would recommend planting it in a sunken 10 gal (or larger) container with the bottom cut out.

I can't distinguish this cultivar from 'Atropurpurea', and I wonder if it isn't just a re-name.

This is native to most of North America, from Alaska to Florida, and no threat to wild areas here. In the garden, it's a thug.

Positive Morganics On Mar 21, 2013, Morganics from Tullahoma, TN wrote:

I have this plant - though it may not be the selection, 'Firecracker' - growing along my stream and pond system in the backyard, in deep shade. It mingles nicely with jack-in-the-pulpits and New York ferns. It's positioned so that it gets the spray from the man-made waterfall. It is very easy to transplant, but seems to miss the constant water supply in other places. The burgundy foliage is a very welcome contrast in this environment. Reliable color in damp shade is hard to come by, so I highly recommend it.

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Invasive. I'm trying it in another area to give it one more chance. Blooms June-July in my garden.

Neutral JenDion On Oct 17, 2011, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I can see how this plant could be invasive. I had it in part sun, average-moist humusy soil with close neighbors and it was fine. I moved it to more sun and room and it spread at twice the speed.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 12, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

zone 4a hardy

Positive Bellisgirl On Mar 11, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this plant for about four years now. I have mine in a very droughty area, which is the reason it isnt invasive for me. If it is in ideal (i.e. rich, moist soil) it will spread quickly. I really love its unusual colored foliage; red-purple with bronze highlights in fall.

Negative lmelling On Oct 27, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very invasive little species! The little 6" pot of it I planted 3 years ago is threatening to take over the whole back of my garden. I dug up all of it this fall (I hope) and the root mass was enormous - this white root mass spreads just under the soil line and up pops these individual burgundy leaves/stems in spring and summer all over the place. The stems look like they're going to provide something amazing but all you get are these small inconsequential yellow flowers in July.

Likes moist, rich soil and will go crazy in it. Will take full sun in this type of soil in zone 5.

Neutral Baa On Jul 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

Herbaceous perennial cultivar of a North American native plant with striking foliage colour.

Has ovate to lance shaped, dark purple/bronze, slightly hairy leaves. Bears bright yellow, star shaped flowers.

Flowers June-August

Likes a moist but well drained, humus rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Partial shade will allow the plant to keep the leaf colour rich, full sun may fade it a little.

This plant needs a large area to spread, it can become quite invasive where happy.


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

Juneau, Alaska
San Jose, California
Bolingbrook, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Winamac, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Millersville, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Upton, Massachusetts
Owosso, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wyoming, Minnesota
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Cortland, New York
Geneseo, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sherwood, Oregon
Springfield, Oregon
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Arlington, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Spokane, Washington
Menomonie, Wisconsin

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