Lythrum alatum
Winged Loosestrife

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantRain GardenPart ShadeBird FriendlyFall Color
Winged Loosestrife
Lythrum alatum

Beautiful delicate pink flowers on long, stalks start blooming in late May and won't stop till September. This plant thrives in wet soils and grows well in dry, full sun areas. Plant in groups to provide cover for wildlife and a superb nectar source to native bees, butterflies and skippers and hummingbirds throughout the spring and summer.

Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, skippers and a host of native bees
Beautiful pinkish purple flowers bloom from late spring to fall
Foliage takes on an orange-red fall color
Grows well in moist, even wet sites
Not to be confused with the invasive Eurasian Purple Loosestrife
Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Native Range

Moist sunny areas from the eastern sea through Montana and Texas. This plant is versatile and will grow in fields, wet meadows, ditches, roadsides, pond edges, streams and garden settings.

Interesting Facts

Many confuse Winged Loosestrife with Purple Loosestrife, a noxious, invasive weed that clogs waterways and streams throughout North America. Winged Loosestrife is a protected species with all the abilities of Purple Loosestrife without the headaches!


Grows best is moist soil and full sun. Good for planting in areas of poor drainage or in a rain garden.

Mature Size: 24-36in. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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