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Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum virgatum 'Morden Pink'

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Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum virgatum 'Morden Pink') at Hillermann Nursery

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife flowers

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife flowers

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

This popular cultivar is not considered invasive and adds superb late summer color to the garden; dazzling hot pink spikes rise up, contrasing the green foliage; prefers sun but will tolerate light shade

Ornamental Features

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife has masses of beautiful spikes of hot pink flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Morden Pink Purple Loosestrife is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Edging  Groundcover  Container  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features