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Lysimachia atropurpurea

 
Lysimachia atropurpurea
burgundy gooseneck loosestrife
Lysimachia atropurpurea
The flowers open from the bottom up, in a lighter shade of purple

Common name burgundy gooseneck loosestrife
Family myrsinaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers dark purple
Size 2-3'
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripensearly August

This short-lived perennial is striking in bloom, with spikes of deep burgundy buds opening to purple flowers over the course of several weeks. The foliage is purple-tinged in early spring, but isn't much to look at the rest of the season. Individual plants live just two or three years in our garden, but reseed sparingly to keep their progeny going in the garden. For some reason, they prefer the cracks between our patio steps to the surrounding garden areas - go figure.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04/'05 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 35F (9w; 2%G, 9w) - 70F (82%G, 1-5d)
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (47%G, 3d)
  3. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 35F (9w) - 70F (~95%G, 3d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (9w) - 70F (95%G, 3-5d)
  5. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 35F (9w) - 70F (58%G, 3-5d)
  6. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (57%G, 3-9d)
  7. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (60%G, 7-13d)
  8. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (39%G, 10-15d)

Clothier says this germinates cold, but the results above suggest that moving to room temperature after a cold treatment is the way to go.


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