Plant Identification: Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ (hairy loosestrife)

(Question)

Hello Master Gardener.
I met a few of you at various events and I was told to send in request for plant identification. I got this plant (attached photo) without any labels and would appreciate your help regarding size, characteristics and benefits so I can decide where to plant it.
Thank you for your help.
Mei

 

(Answer)

 

Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners.

The plant in your photo appears to be Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ commonly name hairy loosestrife ‘Firecracker’. It is a native perennial with dark purple leaves which contrast beautifully with pale lemon flowers in July and August. Hairy loosestrife is easy to grow in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It grows 100 to 250 cm high and 30 to 100 cm wide. It’s a rampant spreader and could form large clumps and need to be controlled. You could plant it in a narrow bed or in container.

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Enjoy your plant and keep an eye on it.