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Lysimachia clethroides - Duby.

Common Name Gooseneck Loosestrife, Gooseneck yellow loosestrife, Japanese Loosestrife, Shepherd's Crook
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny grassy hills and at low altitudes in mountains all over Japan[58, 187]. Damp woodland margins, wet ravines and grassy mountain slopes at elevations of 300 - 2100 metres in China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan. Naturalized in Holland.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lysimachia clethroides Gooseneck Loosestrife, Gooseneck yellow loosestrife, Japanese Loosestrife, Shepherd


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Lysimachia clethroides Gooseneck Loosestrife, Gooseneck yellow loosestrife, Japanese Loosestrife, Shepherd
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Lysimachia clethroides is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Fruit  Leaves  Shoots
Edible Uses: Condiment

Leaves and young shoots - cooked and used as a vegetable[183]. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails[179]. They can also be used as a condiment[46, 61, 183]. Fruits and flowers are said to be edible[177, 183] but no further details are given. The fruit is very small[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden. An easily grown plant, succeeding in a moist loamy soil[1]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade[188]. Hardy to about -25°c[187]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Succeeds in a woodland or semi-wild garden, it often spreads wildly[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Invasive, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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