Lysimachia atropurpurea


This short-lived perennial is more usually grown as a biennial, and can be permitted to gently self-seed. The flower spikes are similar in shape to the more widely-known Lysimachia clethroides, but instead of white, the blooms are a rich burgundy colour, contrasting well with small, slightly crinkly, grey-green leaves. Attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects, it is also a lovely cut flower.

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Product Description

L. atropurpurea is a compact, short-lived, clump-forming perennial with lance-shaped, wavy-edged, glaucous silver- green leaves, flushed purple in spring, and, from late spring into early autumn, dense, erect racemes of dark purple buds opening to deep purple-red flowers. It is a Distinct and fascinatingly different plant from the Balkan Peninsula. Both splendid in the border or great for a large container. It also lends a graceful accent for the naturalized or woodland garden. The long-blooming, arched plumes are excellent cut flowers. Blooms mid summer. Likes moist soil but adapts to average conditions. Plants tend not to spread or become invasive but do self seed a little. Attracts butterflies. Rabbit resistant.

Pot size: 1L

Soil: Moist, well drained

Position: Sun or partial shade

Rate of growth: Moderate

Hardiness: Hardy

Eventual height & spread 75cm x 50cm

Flowering period: Early Summer to Autumn