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Lysimachia ephemerum

Lysimachia ephemerum

Common name silver loosestrife; willow-leaved loosestrife
Family myrsinaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers white (summer)
From seed cold conditioning may be necessary for germination
detailed seed-starting info below

I've grown this from seed several times, but failed to get to flowering plants in the first attempts. Finally, some seedlings survived both summer and winter, and I have one or two flowering plants this year. I like them OK - the long willowy leaves, which are paired along the stem, alternate directions for a cell tower-like effect; spikes of silvery white flowers show their stuff in July.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 65F (3w) - 35F (6w) - 70F (27%G, 7-25d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (3w) -35F (6w) - 70F (33%G, 10-16d). Low survival rate of seedlings
  3. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (2w) - 35F (6w) - 70F (91%G, 7-14d)
  4. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (2w) - 35F (6w) - 70F (88%G, 3-12d)

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