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Lysimachia quadrifolia

Whorled Loosestrife, Whorled Yellow loosestrife, Prairie Loosestrife

Scientific Name:

Lysimachia quadrifolia

Genus:

Lysimachia

Species Epithet:

quadrifolia

Common Name:

Whorled Loosestrife, Whorled Yellow loosestrife, Prairie Loosestrife

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

A wide variety of forests and openings, including pine savannas of the outer Coastal Plain, ranging from moist to very dry (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Blooming Plant

image

Black Mountain, June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Blooms

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Black Mountain, June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Now this is a bit different!

Note the whorl of 6 leaves. The color was so odd that identification was a puzzle. Mark Rose, Triad Chapter member, identified Jean's plant:

It looks like a plant of whorled loosestrife that is in bud. Many times if the plant is in lots of light it will have the pinkish blush to the foliage. The blooms are a beautiful clear yellow. The botanical name is Lysimachia quadrifolia. Hope this helps! Mark

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near Burnsville
© Jean Woods

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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