Lythrum salicaria

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Description

Purple loosestrife, Spiked loosestrife, purple Lythrum

An attractive, wild aromatic plant with medicinal properties. It is perfect in pots, edges, and humid areas. Plants grow up to 1-2 m tall forming Clonal colonies, which can be found in ditches, wet meadows, marshes, and alongside lakes and ponds. Pollinated by insects including bees and butterflies. It has been used as an astringent medicinal herb to treat diarrhea and dysentery; it is considered safe to use for all ages, including babies. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and is particularly associated with damp, poorly drained locations such as marshes, bogs, and watersides. However, it will tolerate drier conditions.


Sow indoors at any time, sow directly spring-autumn. Surface sow onto moist well-drained seed compost. Just cover it with a sprinkling of soil. Water from the base of the tray only. Propagate. Ideal temp. 18-22°C. Germination takes 15-30 days approx. Transplant seedlings when they have a set of true leaves to 8cm pots and grow on. Acclimatize and plant out when the danger of frost has passed with 50cm spacing. For direct sowing, surface sows onto prepared soil that has been raked to a fine tilth, and gently rake in seeds. Water during dry periods until germination occurs. Growing; Prefers any consistently moist soil in full sun. Its is ideal for river and pond margins or bog gardens.

 

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0.1gr / approx 1800+- seeds

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