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Yellow Pimpernel

A prostrate herb of damp woodland glades with star-shaped yellow flowers.



  • Yellow Pimpernel: in a shady glade

    Post date: Tuesday, 2 June, 2015 - 00:00

    I am sure most of use are familiar with the common 'weed', the scarlet pimpernel; its colour makes it one of our most distinctive flowers. Lesser known is the yellow pimpernel (Lysimachia nemorum) which is similar in shape and structure but obviously a very different colour. The two are both members of the primrose family although not closely, the yellow pimpernel is a loosestrife.

    The yellow pimpernel is a low, creeping plant of damp woodlands and is fairly common on heavy soils where moisture is retained for much of the time. The Latin name 'nemorum means 'of a grove or glade'. The flowers occur at the end of short stalks and have five petals with a small gap between the each. The flowers remain closed in poor light and only open in direct sunshine. The leaves are pointed and a dull green colour and that helps to differentiate this species from creeping Jenny.

    There is not much information the uses of this plant that I can find however it is considered to be an astringent herb used to stem bleeding.


Common Name Yellow Pimpernel
Scientific Name Lysimachia nemorum
Species Group Primrose Family Primulaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Primrose family - Primulaceae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Low creeping plant with yellow flowers in woodland
Additional Identification Notes
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Primrose Family Primulaceae