* Flowers yellow, dotted red in the center.
* Flowers and leaves usually in whorls of
4, sometimes 3 or 6.
* Leaves ovate with long-pointed tips.
* Height: 1-3'.
* Flowers June - August.
* Habitat: Open woods, thickets, meadows, lake and sea shores.
* Range: Northeastern and north-central United States.
* Lysimachia is a classical plant name. It comes from either the Greek lusimakhos,
'ending strife,' or from the name of a king of Thrace, Lysimakhos,
or from both of these words. The Greek Dioscorides called the "flower
red, or of a golden color."
* In Massachusetts, Whorled Loosestrife has been called Liberty-Tea
or Wild-Tea. Why? In 1898, the Essex Antiquarian printed
an explanation. "With the Revolution came the refusal to drink
the tea of commerce, and our four-leaved loosestrife, being dried
and steeped was used in its stead. This was known as 'Liberty-Tea'".
* Though they share a common name and are often confused, Whorled
Loosestrife and Purple Loosestrife are not of the same genus.