Some plants never live up to their catalogue descriptions.
Never mind their growth habits or cultural needs, they simply fail to live up to the gushing prose that purports to describe what they actually, physically look like.
This is my first year growing Lysimachia atropurpurea, and knowing nothing about its length of bloom time or how it will tolerate summer heat or a soil on the dryish side, or too much shade or sun; whether it flops or runs at the root or performs more like an annual than a perennial in zone 10’s relatively dormancy-free winter —
Apart from all that, I can safely say that, visually, this plant is every inch the knockout it’s reputed to be.
Will those silvery leaves quickly turn a drab green? Will budworms deform that luscious, berry-colored flower spike?
Like the first date, sometimes it’s kinda nice not to know, when just raw attraction is enough.
(Stern report on growth and cultural habits to follow as the season progresses.)
Burgundy Gooseneck Loosestrife, alleged long bloomer, June through August or May through September depending on source. Allegedly deer resistant. To 2 feet. Full sun/part shade. Zone 4 to 10. Average water. Comes true from seed. Hummingbird’s delight. Makes a good cut flower. Makes your children smarter. Will bring you boundless good luck, etc., etc..