Plant A Day – Fringed Loosestrife

Fringed Loosestrife Lysimachia ciliata

Fringed Loosestrife
Lysimachia ciliata

There are ten different plants in Indiana called Loosestrife, which encompass three genera and two families.  I haven’t been able to find out what Loosestrife means or why people were calling all of these different plants Loosestrife.  It’s a bit confusing when trying to id a plant and you find Loosestrife scattered about the pages.

This Loosestrife is a native perennial that blooms late in the summer in moister spots.  It’s quite striking and the flowers last for a long time … a very pleasant plant to come upon while batting away the mosquitoes and deer flies.

Notice that the flower petals are round, but have a tip at the end.

Note that the main stem is smooth, whereas the leaf stems are hairy ... thus "Fringed"

Note that the main stem is smooth, whereas the leaf stems are hairy … thus “Fringed”

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