Lysimachia clethroides: Gooseneck loosestrife

Family: Primulaceae
Common name: Gooseneck loosestrife, Gooseneck yellow loosestrife

Gooseneck loosestrife is a perennial plant that can transform your garden with their curvy white flowers that can cover the entire plant during spring and summer.

Native to Asia, this plant is celebrated for its distinctive features, making it a popular choice among gardeners and herbal enthusiasts. These plants can grow to a height of 80-100 cm with an elegant and upright growing habit.

The leaves of Gooseneck loosestrife plants are lance-shaped, typically measuring 6 to 12 cm. They are deep green and arranged alternately along the stems.

The foliage remains a vibrant green throughout the growing season, enhancing the plant’s overall appeal. But they turn orange-red during fall.

The most attractive feature of Gooseneck loosestrife is its unique flower spikes, which resemble the shape of a gooseneck. These long, slender, curving spikes, measure around 20 to 30 cm, and are adorned with small, star-shaped, white flowers that are 1 to 1.5 cm in diameter.

Gooseneck loosestrife plants bloom in dense clusters along the curved spikes during spring and summer attracting pollinators like bees, insects, and butterflies. These beautiful white flowers are used in flower arrangements since they are last quite long when used as cut flowers.

Following the flowering stage, Gooseneck loosestrife plants produce small, spherical seed capsules that contain the plant’s seeds. These capsules eventually split open, releasing the seeds, which can be a means of natural propagation.

These plants thrive in partial to full sunlight, with at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight required daily for optimal growth and flowering. Well-draining soil is essential for preventing waterlogged roots. Water consistently to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.

Spent flowerheads can be trimmed lightly to encourate new growth. Make sure you give a balanced fertilizer during the flowering season to encourage healthy plants.

Gooseneck loosestrife plants used in traditional herbal medicine to treat stomach ailments, sore throat, cuts, wounds, and bruises. The leaves are used in salads, stir fries, and soups since they are rich in magnesium and potassium.

Propagation is through seeds, root cuttings, and root division. Rhizomes or running roots help the plant to spread quickly over limited areas.