Lysimachia atropurpurea - from Greece, this has become my new favorite
A biennial, it makes flat rosettes of gray marbled leaves, and in the 2nd
a veritable forest of upright stems to 2'-3' (60-90 cm) with striking Eryngium-like
foliage and narrow spires of tiny flowers in black currant. In
various light conditions
the plant takes on different dramatic aspects. Plants flower
continuously from late
spring and throughout summer. In late summer the seed spent blooms
into incredibly spiny spires of seed capsules, the spines resulting from
hardened remnant of each floral pistil.
here on a cloudy day (below), the narrow spires appear particularly
dark, an almost black-red, in striking contrast to the foliage. Two
cultivars appear in nursery and seed lists; 'Geronimo' and 'Beaujolais'.
From photos I have seen of these, they look identical to the
Photos by Mark
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