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Lythrum hyssopifolia

Lesser or Small Loosestrife

Annual or perennial spreading herb, sometimes becoming erect, stems ribbed.

Additional information

  • FamilyLythraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate-30 cm x 20-30 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesNarrow to oblong light green stalkless leaves 0.5-4 cm x 2-10 mm.
  • Flower colourPink to mauve
  • Flowering timeSeptember to April
  • FlowersSingle tiny tubular flowers with spreading petals in upper leaf axils.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in grasslands, open and riparian forests. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useA dainty herb which will self sow in moist areas but is never abundant. Tolerates drying out over summer. Use around water areas.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Colleen Miller ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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