Lythrum virgatum 'Rosy Gem' (Purple loosestrife)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
Soil Type:
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Plant Overview

Striking rosy-pink spikes of flowers throughout the summer. Very easy to grow and very self-sufficient.

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: 1m

The native Purple Loosestrife seeds itself freely on clear soil, but the hybrids such as Rosy Gem are much more civilised. 

Syn: Lythrum salicaria 'Rosy Gem'

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.

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.