Decodon verticillatus - SWAMP LOOSESTRIFE (WATER WILLOW)

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Native loosestrife with pink-rosy flowers, attractive in flower, suitable for bigger areas.

Grows upright, but branches are arching down and can root when they touch the ground. The base of the plant gets woody.

This wildflower can spread rapidly and is the best for naturalizing in bigger waterside landscaping. Willow-like leaves arch gracefully over water margins. Offers good wildlife support - bees, butterflies, ducks and muskrats.

Combine with other water plants or grasses.

Pictures copyright : First picture (detail) - Flickr - InAweofGod'sCreation, second picture (the whole habitus) Wikipedia Commons, Forestry Images

Blooming time : July to August

Size : 4-6’ tall and wide

USDA zones : 3 to 9

Culture : full sun, half shade, wet to moist soil, water edge, bigger ponds or bigger wet areas

Moisture Needs : moist towet, shallow water, floating on the water

Origin : native wildflower to Eastern and central North America, naturally in mucky, peaty, or sandy wet soil or wet sea shores. Can be found on high quality habitats. See the USDA distribution map.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes / yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : offers nectar to honeybees, bumblebees, Swallowtail butterflies, and probably other insects. The caterpillars of Hydrangea Sphinx and Pearly Wood Nymp feed on the foliage, caterpillars of Burdock Borer Moth and Decodon Borer Moth bore through the stems. The range of the rare Decodon Borer Moth is restricted to northeastern United States.

Attracts Hummingbirds : no, but the seed capsules are eaten by several ducks - the Mallard, Black Duck, Blue-Winged Teal, Green-Winged Teal, and Wood Duck.

Pot Size : 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)