Dark, cerise pink poker-like heads of flowers on tall stems from June to September. Dark green foliage contrasts well.
Loved by bees and butterflies.
Works well in pond or stream margins as it enjoys moist soil but it really will grow anywhere, hence one of it's common names 'Bomb-site Plant'.
Height and spread: 1.2m x 45cm
Common name(s): Purple loosestrife, Bomb-Site Plant, Red Sally, Grass Polly
Myth and Legend:
Loosestrife is supposed to literally remove strife and ill feeling from those who come into contact with it. Therefore, if you have had an argument with a friend and wish to mend fences, send them some loosestrife. It will dispense peaceful vibrations and remove negativity so that your quarrel will soon be over. It is said to sooth savage beasts and so might be given to difficult horses or oxen which were to be used for drawing ploughs. In addition, it was supposedly good for deterring flies and gnats.