Monday, July 30, 2007

Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)

Gooseneck Loosestrife
Lysimachia clethroides
(ly-si-MAK-ee-uh) (klee-THROY-deez)

This plant isn’t for everybody. It is way too invasive to be used as an everyday garden plant. It is good for certain areas where it can be allowed to spread. It isn’t good for borders, rich topsoil areas, areas adjacent to lawns and small gardens in general. My plants are in a rock planter but I still have to keep a careful eye on it. It is a really wet area and it can’t spread in two directions. I usually pull up any runners that are going outside their area a couple of times a year. I don’t have any mercy for them and I never plant them anywhere else in the garden or throw them in the compost. The flowers are attractive and a bit novel and they appear in summer when I welcome the color. I also love the fall color of this perennial. It is a great mixture of red, yellow and orange, really super. Carefully consider using this plant and if you don’t have the time or urge to maintain it get something else.

This week I am continuing the pruning job I started on Friday. It is a nice garden but it has been let to run amok a bit. I am removing some plants and severely cutting back others. After that we are going to do some planting. I want to see what it looks like when it is all cut back. I have become a real journeyman with dealing with mature gardens. There is definitely a whole different approach you have to use as compared to getting a garden established.


Unknown said...

i liked the color of flowers

Digital Flower Pictures said...

thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

Is this as invasive as purple loosetrife? I remember my first encounter with it in a presentation and apparently it is pretty invasive in the NE.

Seeing our yard in its second year has been nice. It's a bit overgrown at the moment, but really seeing the vines mature and become part of the landscape has been nice.

Anonymous said...

Browsing your webpage for the first time and I *love* the flame of the forest tree photo under "new".

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi misti,

Lucky this is a different plant than Purple Loosestrife. They are in different genera (Lythrum and Lysmachia) but share a common name.

Thanks for visiting Digital Flower I really have to go over there and update the site. The 'Flame of the Forest' was growing near you at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. Great place if you haven't checked it out before.

Anonymous said...

Yep, been there, but I don't remember seeing it in bloom. I've gone twice and always thought that it had so much more potential.

Ah, didn't realize they were different genera, but was just wondering about the invasiveness.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Flame of the Forest was blooming in February, which is usually when I visit Florida. It is actually a pretty small tree. I know what you mean about Flamingo, they could use a bit of an upgrade but I am usually able to overlook some of that based on the caliber of the botanical collection. Their collection is very impressive to me with several champion specimens of unusual tree types.


Femikey said...

wow! pretty flowers, i like flowers alot! it makes me feel good specially if i feel sad, my husband gave me roses or any flowers when im not feeling well or if i feel sad, i feel better after i see flowers hehe :-)

Unknown said...

I didn't there's a flower which shares the same name as chrome gooseneck hitch