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Winged loosestrife
Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum
Lythraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium to large, erect herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
Typically 3-4 feet in height, much taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Greater Antilles.
Habitats:
Freshwater marshes, wet prairies and disturbed sites.
Soils:
Wet, poorly drained soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Purple.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Roger L. Hammer