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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