December 13, 2017

Good for the Gooseneck

Lysimachia clethroides - Gooseneck loosestrife

Janine Pineo Photo | Lysimachia clethroides – Gooseneck loosestrife

Lysimachia clethroides should not be confused with another plant with a similar common name. Gooseneck loosestrife is a mostly well-behaved plant from Japan with lance-shaped leaves and an elegant flower spike covered with tiny white stars that has an endearing little crook resembling a goose’s neck, hence the name. Unlike the highly invasive purple loosestrife of an entirely different family, L. clethroides can be controlled simply by planting with competing plants for space as it spreads by rhizomes. And if it does get too weedy, just pull the plants up. Gooseneck loosestrife is hardy to Zone 3 and consistently reaches about 3 feet in height. Believe us when we say you will take another gander at a stand of gooseneck. We’re just saying.