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Fringed Loosestrife Lysimachia ciliata

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ly-sih-MAK-ee-ah sil-ee-AY-tah
Description

Fringed Loosestrife is a native wildflower found in full sun to light shade in wet to moist conditions, and a fertile loamy soil with organic matter. Its habitats include moist to wet areas of deciduous woodlands, swamps, soggy thickets, wet prairies, marshes, seeps, and borders of streams.

The yellow flowers bloom in mid summer to early fall with a few to many flowers open at a time. Plant in wet sites, in bogs, along streams and ponds.

 

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Tags:
#deciduous#full sun tolerant#rain garden#fall flowers#yellow flowers#pond margins#NC native#summer flowers#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#wet soils tolerant#bird friendly#mammals#bee friendly#bog gardens#audubon#partial sun tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#full sun tolerant#rain garden#fall flowers#yellow flowers#pond margins#NC native#summer flowers#native wildflower#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#wet soils tolerant#bird friendly#mammals#bee friendly#bog gardens#audubon#partial sun tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lysimachia
    Species:
    ciliata
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Medicinally this plant is largely astringent with some diaphoretic (promoting sweating and perspiration) and emetic (causing vomiting) properties. The live plant is said to repel gnats and flies. Some people will use a smudge fire of this plant as an effective repellant for flies during the summer.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Canada to U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Que. to B.C., s. to FL, TX & CO. USA: AK, AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY. Canada: AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts oil bees which only feed on Lysimachia species.
    Edibility:
    The cooked leaves of this plant are said to be edible.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The seed capsule is green and shiny and contains several seeds. Fruit displays from August to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    One-half to one inch, nodding, yellow blooms with 5 petals on 3 inch stems with short hairs. The center of the petals is often reddish. Flowers bloom from May to September.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves occur in pairs in opposite arrangement along the stem and are up to 6 inches long and 2.5 inches wide with fine hairs along the edge.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil