HARDY PERENNIALS: LYSIMACHIA

These are easy to grow plants in any but dry situations, or perhaps it should be said that they grow and flower more freely where not dry. L. clethroides grows from a mat of closely packed creeping shoots and from each rises an erect leafy stem to about 4 feet in good soil. In late summer this opens as a spike of small white flowers, curiously but attractively angled and curved. A tendency for stems to become starved through overcrowding can be overcome by digging a portion of an old clump with some compost. L. punctata has a more vigorous spread below ground, and where moist, these may need curbing. This is the ‘Yellow Loosestrife’ and very attractive it is. with its leaf packed stems and whorls of bright yellow flowers from midsummer onwards for several weeks, growing to 2½ to 3 feet. A more statuesque species with a compact root exists in L. ephemerum. The leaves are pointed oval, smooth and shiny and from June to August come tapering spikes up to 4 feet of white flowers. Unlike the others, this does not readily divide and is not so constitutionally strong and adaptable.

LYSIMACHIA clethroides

LYSIMACHIA clethroides

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