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Fringed Loosestrife 'Firecracker'

Lysimachia ciliata

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



Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

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:

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


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


Juneau, Alaska

San Jose, California

Uncasville, Connecticut

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Winamac, Indiana

Ladora, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Greenup, Kentucky

Millersville, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Upton, Massachusetts

Owosso, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Kasota, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, 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

Dover, Pennsylvania

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Tullahoma, Tennessee

Arlington, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Spokane, Washington

Menomonie, Wisconsin

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 19, 2015, driver1234golf from Greenup, KY wrote:

I've had these tucked into a shale rock ledge, at the back of my garden, for about 6 years. Has established an area about 4 by 3 ft. Beautiful purple foliage in the spring fades to an olive green in summer. Flowers are small, but really stand out against the foliage. I really didn't know they preferred moist rich soil. They are doing fine on that rocky ledge.


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'... read more


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.


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.


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.


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

zone 4a hardy


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.


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.


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.