Slender, white flowers curved like a goose's neck are produced in abundance from mid to late summer. Unique to this perennial, most all of the flowers point in the same direction, as if they were a flock of geese following the leader. When planted en masse, the effect is particularly striking. When not in bloom, the foliage will appear coarse in texture, and in the fall it may develop a rich red color. This species is NOT the same as Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum), which has proven to be an invasive species in wetlands. They do spread fairly quickly, however, when planted in moist soils, so choose their location wisely.
Lysmachia is very easy to grow in either sun or part shade. When grown in moist soil, it tends to spread quite rapidly, so be sure to give it lots of room to grow. To reduce or eliminate spreading, plant Lysmachia in drier soil in part shade, or grow it in a root barrier. These make wonderful, long lasting cut flowers for cheerful bouquets.
Anemone-Grapeleaf (Anemone tomentosa), Aster-New York (Aster dumosus), Coneflower-Purple (Echinacea purpurea), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), Phlox-Tall Garden (Phlox paniculata), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus )
Cut flower or foliage
Mid to late summer
Full sun to part shade
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