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Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' (Fringed Loosestrife)

Fringed Loosestrife 'Firecracker', Loosestrife 'Firecracker', Lysimachia ciliata 'Purpurea', Lysimachia ephemerum 'Firecracker'


Noted for its striking foliage, Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' (Fringed Loosestrife) is an upright, rhizomatous perennial forming a mound of whorled, lance-shaped, rich burgundy-purple leaves, 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm). By mid to late summer, the foliage tends to soften and become more or less green. But then, the plant is studded with nodding, star-shaped butter-yellow flowers, 1 in. across (2.5cm). Borne singly or in twos in the upper leaf axils, the blossoms often have a raspberry blotch at the base of each petal. Easy to grow, Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' is valuable as a contrast plant in the garden thanks to its chocolate foliage. However, Fringed Loosestrife spreads fairly quickly and needs to be divided regularly when grown in confined spaces. It is often grown in moist borders or beside ponds.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). Will spread by underground rhizomes. However, it will spread more slowly if grown in drier soils with light shade.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in humus-rich, moist soils. More flowers are produced in the sun, but more foliage is produced in the shade.
  • A perfect plant for cottage gardens, wild gardens, bog gardens or next to ponds and streams. Excellent as long-lasting cut flowers.
  • Fringed Loosestrife is generally not subject to serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by division in spring or autumn.
  • There are up to 180 species of Lysimachia. The genus includes hardy to frost-tender perennials, either herbaceous or evergreen. Their habit can be upright or prostrate, with some forming excellent ground covers. Their flowers are variably shaped, are usually yellow or white, but sometimes pink or purple. Many species are invasive, but this tendency can be harnessed to produce large stands, creating greater visual impact.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lysimachia - Loosestrife
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lysimachia - Loosestrife
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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