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Lythrum salicaria 'Feuerkerze' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

purple loosestrife 'Feuerkerze'

Family

Lythraceae


Lythrum can be annuals or herbaceous perennials, with simple leaves in opposite pairs and small star-shaped flowers in leafy racemes

'Feuerkerze' is an herbaceous perennial forming a compact clump of erect stems to 1.2m in height, with copious narrow leaves and terminal spikes of vivid rose-red flowers 2cm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Lythrum salicaria FIRECANDLE

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any reliably moist soil in full sun

Soil

  • Poorly-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering to prevent self-seeding

Pests

May be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free