Purple Loosestrife

A herbaceous perennial, found in its natural habitat - ditches, wet meadows and along sides of lakes - but also cultivated as a ornemental plant.
Common name : Purple Loosestrife
Scientific name : Lythrum salicaria
Family : Lythraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Lythrum salicaria - the purple loosestrife - is a flowering plant in the family Lythraceae. It is a herbaceous perennial growing to 1–2 m tall, with reddish-purple erect stems growing from a single woody root mass, lanceolate, 3–10 cm long leaves arranged opposite or in whorls of three, and reddish purple flowers.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 45 - 200
pH 6 - 8

Plant my purple loosestrife

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my purple loosestrife

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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