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Lysimachia punctata

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
lis-ih-MAK-ee-ah punk-TAY-tah
Description

Yellow loosestrife is a vigorous spreading plant with attractive whorled leaves. The striking yellow flowers are on tall spikes and bloom all summer. It prefers full sun and moist fertile soil. Plant in part sun and poorer soils to help control spreading by seeds and rhizomes. It has escaped into the wild and can be seen growing in ditches and other moist areas especially in northern states. 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#sun#yellow#perennial#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#specialized bees#summer flowers#pollinator plant
 
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#bees#sun#yellow#perennial#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#specialized bees#summer flowers#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lysimachia
    Species:
    punctata
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Central & South Eastern Europe to Northern Iran
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Lysimachia support the following specialized bees: Macropis (Macropis) ciliata, Macropis (Macropis) patellata, and Macropis (Macropis) steironematis.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    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 Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are bright yellow with a reddish eye, up to 1 inch across and cup-shaped. They bloom on spikes in the leaf axis from May to September.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The lance to ovate shaped leaves are up to 3 inches long and grow in whorls of 3-4 leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Pond
    Pool/Hardscape
    Recreational Play Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Problems:
    Weedy