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Lythrum alatum

Winged Loosestrife

Beautiful delicate pink flowers on long, stalks start blooming in late May and won't stop till September. This plant thrives in wet soils and grows well in dry, full sun areas. Plant in groups to provide cover for wildlife and a superb nectar source to native bees, butterflies and skippers and hummingbirds throughout the spring and summer.

Benefits

Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, skippers and a host of native bees
Beautiful pinkish purple flowers bloom from late spring to fall
Foliage takes on an orange-red fall color
Grows well in moist, even wet sites
Not to be confused with the invasive Eurasian Purple Loosestrife
Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best is moist soil and full sun. Good for planting in areas of poor drainage or in a rain garden.


Height
24-36 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Moist sunny areas from the eastern sea through Montana and Texas. This plant is versatile and will grow in fields, wet meadows, ditches, roadsides, pond edges, streams and garden settings.

Native Trivia

Many confuse Winged Loosestrife with Purple Loosestrife, a noxious, invasive weed that clogs waterways and streams throughout North America. Winged Loosestrife is a protected species with all the abilities of Purple Loosestrife without the headaches!


"We frogs love the cover of this native beauty and hummingbirds and butterflies love the nectar!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Amphibians
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming