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Yellow Loosestrife

A tall, striking yellow flower found by rivers and lakes as well as marshes and fens.



  • Yellow Loosestrife: the King of Sicily

    Post date: Sunday, 4 September, 2016 - 20:36

    In researching this little piece about the yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris) I discovered two things that surprised me! Firstly, because we have some in our garden I suppose, I thought that any specimens in the wild were garden escapes but that is not so; it seems to be a genuinely wild, native flower. Secondly, probably because it shares part of its name and occurs in similar habitats, I assumed it was related to the more frequently found purple loosestrife but again, I was wrong, they belong to different families.

    Yellow loosestrife is a rather lovely flower with spikes of bold yellow flowers, little wonder it is grown in gardens. It is a tall plant growing to 1.5 metres high and it can stand proudly high above the other plants nearby and it can be seen from some distance.

    Apparently Lysimachus was a Greek King of Sicily and loosestrife is a direct translation of that. How it comes to be name of a genus of flowers is another matter!


Common Name Yellow Loosestrife
Scientific Name Lysimachia vulgaris
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
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Tall plant with vibrant yellow flowers near water
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Primrose Family Primulaceae