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Favoured for its vig­or­ous, up­right habit, its colour­ful late-sea­son flow­ers and au­tum­nal fo­liage, the easyto-grow, un­mis­tak­able lysi­machia can be seen in gar­dens now.

This hardy peren­nial orig­i­nates from China and Ja­pan. It is com­monly known as the goose­neck looses­trife, as the drifts of flow­ers look like an at­trac­tive gag­gle of ducks. Lysi­machia forms fleshy mounds of up­right stems; the euphor­bia-like whirling, al­ter­nately placed fo­liage is also im­pres­sive.


Plant in small clumps; it thrives in semi-shaded lo­ca­tions with slightly moist but not wa­ter­logged soils.


Add am­ple or­ganic mat­ter to the plant­ing hole and try not to re­move spent flow­ers – the seed heads are also at­trac­tive and add in­ter­est in win­ter.

Works well with…

Lysi­machia as­so­ci­ates well in trop­i­cal-style plant­ing schemes with dra­matic con­trasts in fo­liage shape and size. Height and spread 3ft (90cm).

How to buy

Buy one 9cm pot for £7.99 and save £3 or buy three for £15.98 – buy two, get one free. P&P £4.95. Supplied as 9cm pots in 14 days. Or­der at gar­den­shop. tele­ or call 0333 772 0325. Con­tract for sup­ply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Clos­ing date Oc­to­ber 24 2016.

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