Lythrum alatum - Winged Loosestrife
Winged Loosestrife (Lythrum alatum) is a perennial with a strongly winged and hairless central stem. Its ovate leaves are alternate in the upper half and opposite from each other in the lower half of the stem. A cluster of single or sometimes paired, short-stalked flowers form in the leaf axils with typically 2 - 5 blooming at a time. The flowers have six rounded petals that fuse at the base into a short tube. It is more easily grown from transplants or plugs since its tiny seedlings are very vulnerable to the effects of summer heat and drought.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
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