I first spotted this mass of white spikes one day in June
at an open house at the nearby Hocking House where
they open their garden once a year to visitors. The beds
are full of the clay garden art that they create and then showcase by setting it the midst of the many flowerbeds.
The loosestrife Lysimachia clethroides looked beautiful with its white curving spikes brightening up the shaded area of their garden.
Any plant that can grow in shade fascinates me so I had
to look the flower up to see what it was since it was an unfamiliar plant to me.
This vigorous grower has attractive, smooth, narrowly oval pointed leaves are mid-green above, pale green beneath. Tiny saucer-shaped white blossoms are produced in dense, tapered terminal spikes, 4 to 8 inches long, that curve gracefully over and down. The leaves turn to rich gold in autumn.
I think the words vigorous grower is a dead giveaway.
When a plant is listed as a vigorous grower that usually means it may well become invasive.
That may well explain why a flower that I had not even noticed two years before was now two years later spreading all over this bed. To be fair it also may not have been in bloom at the time of the previous visit.
It is a beautiful looking flower though.
It grows in rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not
dry out in summer. Grows in zones 4 to 9.
So my question is do any of you gardeners grow it and if
so what is your opinion of the plant?
Does it get invasive in your garden?
If so how do you keep it in check?