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Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Purple in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

loosestrife 'Firecracker'

Family

Primulaceae


Lysimachia are herbaceous or evergreen perennials with simple leaves and star-shaped, cupped or bowl-shaped flowers in terminal racemes or panicles, or solitary in leaf axils

Upright herbaceous perennial to 1m in height, with whorled, lance-shaped purple leaves and nodding, star-shaped yellow flowers 2.5cm across, in the upper leaf axils

Synonym(s)

  • Lysimachia ciliata 'Purpurea'
  • Lysimachia ephemerum 'Firecracker'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist soil that does not dry out in summer; often grown in moist borders or beside ponds. Best in full sun or partial shade. May need support

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Poorly-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free