Purple Loosestrife description:
Imposing rose or purple spires in the summer.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the back of a plant border, or put in a wildlife garden and it is very easy to grow in most soils, including heavy or clay soils.
In wetlands this plant can become a thug, but in a moist to normal soil it is okay.
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Other common names: Sage Willow, Soldiers, Spiked Loosestrife or Willow Weed.
Botanical name: Lythrum salicaria
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, will cover quite a large space.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, including clay, also tolerates acidic soil or chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Moist to normal moisture.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
May have to dig out excessive growth – growth is fastest in wet soil.
Size of plant:
Height 150 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 1 plant per square metre.
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