Frog & Tadpole Collection27th July 2018
Iris sibirica ‘Snowcrest’27th July 2018
£5.98 – £9.78 inc. VAT
Yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris) is a lovely tall British native perennial with whorls of broad lanceolate mid-green almost stalkless leaves and clusters of bright yellow cup-shaped flowers with pointed petals 1.5 – 2cm across throughout July and August. A member of the primrose family it has long been considered to have medicinal properties, and has been used to treat mouth and nose bleeding as well as stomach upsets! The smoke it produces when burned supposedly drives away midges and other troublesome insects, hence perhaps the ‘less strife’ or ‘lose (get rid of) strife’ implication in its common name.
One of the few yellow flowerers later in the year, it is designated as RHS Perfect for Pollinators and is pollinated by various species of wasp and is the sole food source for the larvae of a small bee called Macropis Europaea (also known as Macropis labiata), the Yellow loosestrife bee. The bee collects oils produced by the plant to help waterproof its nest.
Please note these may be cut back in May to remove the dominant central stem and encourage thicker bushier growth. The plants are quite vigorous and produce running stems outside their containers from which new plants will grow: we don’t remove these before sending but it will not harm the plant to cut these off if you want to restrict new plants popping up.
Planting position: Marginal plant up to 10cm depth or bog garden, in full sun or part shade
Form: 9cm (0.5 litre) in a solid pot -please select size below
Recommended basket size min./ideal: 2 litre round/3 litre hexagonal
(Recommended basket sizes are for potting up 9cm (0.5 litre) plants only as these are supplied in solid pots. Larger sized plants are already in aquatic baskets so can go straight in the pond, however they may need potting up or splitting at some point)
- £5.98 – £9.60 inc. VAT
- £3.78 – £5.98 inc. VAT
- £5.98 inc. VAT