Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Gooseneck Loosestrife
Lysimachia clethroides
Primulaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
E. Asia – China, Japan. Naturalized in Holland.

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