Fringed loosestrife's claim to fame is that they bloom in the woods in the summer. While others are out there in the fields fighting among themselves for sunlight, this one just settles. That's probably why it's become a garden plant. Something we can plant in our shade that will bloom in July. The two cultivated varieties, 'Firecracker' and 'Purpurea', sound like they might have come up with red flowers. Nope. They have reddish leaves. If you do plant fringed in your garden, you will get results. They pretty much cover my one shade area in July, and keep popping up in others. Fringed loosestrife grows in AK, AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 7/10/13.