The Loosestrife Firecracker. A great perennial with purple foliage and tiny yellow flowers...
About The Loosestrife Firecracker
The Loosestrife Firecracker, a gorgeous and vigorous perennial with deep purple foliage, yellow flowers is a spreader but not invasive.
Planting this sun perennial (in 2009) at the ponds edge was a great idea! Not only does the purple foliage stand out against the limestone, the foliage also contrasts well with the yellow blooms of the Marigold Durango.
How To Grow The Loosestrife Firecracker
While I quite enjoy this perennial, some gardeners find that it can become a bit of a spreader. It does spread, but slowly and I do not consider it invasive. A gardener can always pull out the new shoots as they appear. I do this in the spring once I see how far the plant has spread.
In 2008 I planted it in front of a few cedars in a part shade location (south garden). The cedars are gone (winter damage), the location is still part shade and the Firecracker is doing amazingly well. One thing for sure, it does spread/grow quicker planted in the sun, than in shade.
When the flowers are in bloom,this purple perennial attracts many butterflies and hummingbirds. In fact, the hummers seem to return day after day to the same section of flower garden and hover.
Watch out for aphids on both old and new foliage. Rinse off with a blast of water from the garden hose or spray with insecticidal soap.
Check out my Site Index Page for a listing of additional annuals and perennials to plant in your flower garden design.
Loosestrife Firecracker Features
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