Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum (Winged Lythrum)

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum, commonly known as Winged Lythrum or Lance-leaf Loosestrife, is a striking wildflower native to the United States in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and more. This plant has striking pinkish-purple blooms that are arranged in an umbrella shape on top of tall stems that have long narrow leaves.

The flowers look like they have wings due to their unique petal formation and can be found growing along lakeshores and streamsides. The blooms attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, adding a splash of color to the environment.

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum Information

Common NamesWinged Lythrum, Lance-leaf Loosestrife 
Native to USAAL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA 
Size2 – 3 feet tall

This wildflower is unique in that it can adapt to most soil types, but does best in moist, well-drained soils. It is also quite easy to care for and maintain once established. The plant can become quite invasive if not properly managed, however. It can spread rapidly and overtake other native plants. To prevent this, it is important to keep the area clear of fallen flowers and other debris.

It’s best grown in moist soils with full sun exposure for optimal growth. In addition to its beauty benefits, this flower is also beneficial for wildlife habitats by providing shelter and food sources for animals such as butterflies. It’s an easy-to-care-for flower that will add a unique pop of color to your landscape. With proper maintenance and care, this wildflower can bring lasting beauty to your garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum edible?

No, Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum is not edible.

Is Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum an invasive species of plant?

Yes, Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum is considered an invasive species in some parts of the United States.