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Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'  • 

Photo: Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

General description

'Firecracker' is an herbaceous perennial with deep, purple, lance shaped leaves. In summer, it bears clusters of yellow, nodding, star-shaped flowers on upright, leafy stems.

Valuable as a contrast plant in the border, especially nice combined with orange or red-flowered neighbours, or with silvery Artemisia. Also terrific with late-flowering tulips, acting as a good mask for the dying bulb leaves. Tolerates wet soil. Excellent for cutting. The best foliage colour is early in the season, the leaves becoming more or less green by mid to late summer. Received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (1996).

Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Purple in Spring; Purple in Summer

Habit: Spreading

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Plant requirements

Cultivation: Plant in humus-rich, moist soil in sun or partial shade in a sheltered position. Support if necessary.

Aspect: South, East, West 
Exposure: Sheltered
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


Propagation methods: Division in Spring or Autumn

Cut back after flowering.

Specific pests: Slugs , Snails

Diseases: Generally disease-free

Practical use

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bog garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wildlife


30 - 100 cm
Soil type
Full sun, Partial shade
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Moist but well-drained