One of the the most requested new plant in our gardens, this unusual plant bears long-lasting, dark spikes of very deep purple flowers, set off by fleshy, grey glaucous leaves, from spring and all through summer. Finally, in autumn and winter the entire dead stem remains attractive being covered with small rock-hard spherical seed capsules, but it is a very frugal seed producer.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Loosestrife, Burgundy Gooseneck