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Burgundy Gooseneck Loosestrife 'Beaujolais'

Lysimachia atropurpurea

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

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

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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

Westport, Massachusetts

Watervliet, Michigan

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Clinton Corners, New York

Haviland, Ohio

Norman, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ashland, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Dripping Springs, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Fairmont, West Virginia

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2018, theicecreamlady from Westport, MA wrote:

This flower is a beautiful color and form but the thorns are deadly and you need to wear heavy gloves when handling it in the fall. I ripped mine out because I dont enjoy being pricked!


On May 10, 2016, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I grew the plant easily from seed last year. I planted it in the fall and the seedling grew through the Z8b winter and bloomed in the late spring. It has returned this year and is blooming in May. It is planted in limey marly limestone rubble that has been amended with granite sand and compost. It had a VERY wet spring and then survived till November with out hardly any rain in Texas. It was a brutal summer with 2 months and not a drop and the fall rains were 2 months late.It looked dried out but seemed to have some life in the base. It returned to bloom this year. Some small seedlings that I started last spring also survived and are blooming. I think I watered them twice the whole summer. This plant takes a strongly alkaline soil and drought. My kind of plant. I am now trying to see how ... read more


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.


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.


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 begins by Memorial Day here in Boston. Flowers proceed 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 blu... read more


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


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.


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.


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


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.