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Common Name: Gooseneck Loosestrife
Lysimachia clethroides is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - China, Japan. Naturalized in Holland.
Sunny grassy hills and at low altitudes in mountains all over Japan[
]. Damp woodland margins, wet ravines and grassy mountain slopes at elevations of 300 - 2100 metres in China[
An easily grown plant, succeeding in a moist loamy soil[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade[
Hardy to about -25°c[
Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
Succeeds in a woodland or semi-wild garden, it often spreads wildly[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked and used as a vegetable[
]. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails[
]. They can also be used as a condiment[
Fruits and flowers are said to be edible[
] but no further details are given. The fruit is very small[
Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.