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A prostrate plant with yellow star-shaped flowers and glossy heart-shaped leaves found in damp woodland.



  • Creeping Jenny: penny-wise, moneywort

    Post date: Tuesday, 26 May, 2015 - 00:00

    Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) is possibly best known as a garden plant used as ground cover especially in damp soil near ponds. As its name implies it is a rather prostrate plant rather than an upright one. It has attractive five-petalled yellow flowers with glossy heart-shaped leaves. It can spread rapidly in the right conditions and in some places it is considered an invasive weed!. 

    Although occasionally seen in the wild as a garden escape it is also a native flower and is found mainly in damp woodland, usually where a bare path is prone to puddling. There is a similar plant which can easily cause confusion; yellow pimpernel has a smaller flower and has more pointed leaves.

    Nummularia means 'like a coin' and the plant is also known in some places as moneywort as well as variations on a financial theme such herb twopence! I am afraid the resemblance to a coin is lost on me, I cannot see it!


Common Name Creeping-Jenny
Scientific Name Lysimachia nummularia
Species Group Primrose Family Primulaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Primrose family - Primulaceae
Status Scarce
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Creeping yellow flowers with pointed petals
Additional Identification Notes
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Primrose Family Primulaceae