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Lysimachia clethroides

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
lis-ih-MAK-ee-ah kleth-ROY-deez
Description

Flowers of Gooseneck Loosestrife are showy tiny, white, and densely packed on arching flower spikes. It is grown commercially as a cut flower. Unfortunately, it can become very weedy by seed dispersal and rhizomatous spreading, and should be carefully kept under control.

Plant in areas surrounded by hardscape to help control the spread. Also planting it in less than ideal conditions helps, such as shade and poor soils, and deadhead the spent blooms. Clumps can be divided in the spring.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#sun#partial shade#perennial#light shade#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#specialized bees#spreads#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#sun#partial shade#perennial#light shade#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#specialized bees#spreads#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lysimachia
    Species:
    clethroides
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan, China
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Lysimachia support the following specialized bees: Macropis (Macropis) ciliata, Macropis (Macropis) patellata, and Macropis (Macropis) steironematis.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny white blooms, produced on arching flower spikes. Individual flowers are star-shaped and 1/2 inch wide. Blooms early to late summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3-6 inch long green leaves have pointed tips and are paler underneath.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Pond
    Pool/Hardscape
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Weedy