Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum

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Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant. Blooms in summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Moist/wet wildflower garden.
Propagation:Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:



This plant is an insect magnet!

  • It attracts insects including long-tongued bees, green metallic bees, bee flies, butterflies, and skippers.
  • Among the long-tongued bees, are such visitors as honeybees, bumblebees, cuckoo bees (Epeolus spp., Triepeolus spp., Coelioxys spp.), long-horned bees (Melissodes spp., Svastra spp.), and leaf-cutting bees (Megachile spp.). 
  • Syrphid flies feed on the pollen, but they are non-pollinating. (Illinois Wildflowers).

Native Habitats:Moist-wet sites. Wet flatwoods, roadside ditches in former flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Some literature sources suggest that this species may have some salt tolerance as it apparently grows along the upper edges of some salt marshes, but so far as we have seen recorded, not in Florida.