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Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
May 16, 2015 8:44 PM CST
I was wondering about your thoughts on Gooseneck Loosestrife? Do you like it or are opposed? I know it can be rather invasive but I really love this plant. The picture I posted is from my old residence. This picture is the result of planting 3 plants (yes just three) and this is what it turned into 3 years later. I just received more from my sister today for my new house. I can't wait to see how they perform here.
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 17, 2015 8:11 PM CST
ive found that most varieties of loosestrife are rather invasive. we had three varieties in our sun beds, two of them have been removed due to their spreading.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
May 18, 2015 7:10 AM CST
They need strong boundaries and, even then, those underground runners will find a way to escape. I do have to attack and remove escapees twice a year. Those that go to the lawn get trimmed by weed whackers or simply mowed down.
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Frillylily
May 18, 2015 7:21 AM CST
I have a purple loosestrife, and I have never had any seeds sprout, it has never came up by runners or anything-not invasive at all. It blooms like crazy all summer. I wonder if it is something different and not the same kind as the white. I don't think the foliage looks quite the same. ? I don't notice any fragrance on it either. It does grow really fast and fill in, but not invasive. I notice the butterflies like it.
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CarolineScott
May 18, 2015 8:47 AM CST
Purple loosestrife is a noxious weed in Alberta under a government ban.
It has been irradicated along the Bow river, by great effort, because it invades wet lands,
and destroys the natural plants which are used by critters.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 18, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Good point!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 18, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Important information to know! Invasive in one area, though, doesn't mean it's invasive, or a noxious issue, elsewhere. I am convinced every plant has a good place to be, though it may not be in your yard or mine! Green Grin!

Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
May 18, 2015 8:57 AM CST
I'd certainly think twice about planting any loosestrife. I planted the gooseneck years ago and it has traveled under gravel paths, through pachysandra. Wish I had known better at planting time. It is illegal in IN to buy, sell or plant the purple loosestrife and, reportedly, even sterile varieties can produce viable seed. It spreads by seed or rhizome.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 18, 2015 9:49 AM CST
It also can reappear the following year though we gardeners are certain we removed every trace of it.

You're right, Kyla!
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
May 18, 2015 9:51 AM CST
Green Grin! So when I am laboring to eradicate a plant, I mentally send it where it belongs. Whistling Hilarious! Which is always somewhere!

I'm glad to learn about loosestrife; it's not one I'd heard of as being a problem but I bet it is so here as well and now I'll check if I'm ever given any or get the notion....
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 18, 2015 9:53 AM CST
I spotted two more escapees yesterday. They will meet their fate today.
Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
May 22, 2015 4:16 PM CST
At my old residence they grew and spread extremely fast. I had no problem controlling them in the yard as I just mowed over them. I really love this plant and I think I am in the minority, but I love the bees and butterflies it attracts. I just bought some Beebalm (jacob cline) to plant with them. I think the intense red of the beebalm and the white of the loosestrife should make a striking display!
Name: Arlene
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pirl
May 22, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Now you've given me an idea. I just bought Jacob Cline in the last week and I just might put mine in with the gooseneck and let them fight it out! Thanks, Shade.
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Celene
May 23, 2015 7:24 PM CST
You'll be sorry you planted it.
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pirl
May 23, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Celene - would it be better if I planted it in a double nursery pot?
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jvdubb
May 24, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Purple loosestrife is a very serious problem here in Michigan. I takes over whole areas and destroys all other native vegetation.

I once almost bought Gooseneck loosestrife. But luckily a savy person told me how invasive it is and saved me a huge headache!
Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
May 24, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Gooseneck loosestrife is aggressive but its very manageable. Just mow them with a lawnmower and voila...they are in control (at least that has been my experience). They also attract butterflies and bees. If you want a flower garden where every plant is cordoned off from the other flowers within the same bed, then I can see more work involved as you would have to manually remove them. I have to say I know I am in the minority here but I have grown to love gooseneck loosestrife. Smiling Here is an awesome picture I found of gooseneck and beebalm together.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 24, 2015 6:56 PM CST
So gorgeous!
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Weedwhacker
May 24, 2015 10:07 PM CST
Shade said:Gooseneck loosestrife is aggressive but its very manageable. Just mow them with a lawnmower and voila...they are in control


I guess the question here is what happens if you move and those plants are left to their own devices? Confused
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Shade
May 25, 2015 3:40 PM CST
If you move them with the intent of leaving them to their own devices then there would be no problem....your leaving them to their own devices. If you "leave them to their own devices" then I am assuming you mean you are planting them somewhere out on their own. If you do this in a flower bed with other plants then yes you will have to keep up with them. Remember, no plant is the dominate species at all times...succession eventually wins out. I guess I am a loosestrife fan. :-)
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