Dictionary of Flowers: Lysimachia Lummularia

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia Lummularia) is often used as an accent. Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of ClutterandKindle and Flickr

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia Lummularia) is often used as an accent in container garden flower arrangements. Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of ClutterandKindle and Flickr

  • Lysimachia Lummularia
  • Common name: creeping jenny, moneywort
  • Family:  Primulaceae
  • Category: Perennial in USDA zones 3 to 9
  • Height: 6" 
  • Width: 9" to 12"
  • Sun/part shade
  • Blooms: grown for foliage. Late spring and early summer
  • Growth habit: trailing, mat forming. Used as a spiller in container combinations
  • Maintenance: easy
  • Soil: average to fertile, moist, well drained. Tolerates clay soil. Water regularly if grown in containers
  • Garden uses: containers, hanging baskets, front of border, edging plant, groundcover, woodland garden
  • Diseases: disease resistant
  • Pests: not bothered by pests. Slugs might be a problem

European native, introduced to America, creeping jenny might be invasive when grown in the ground if growing conditions are favorable. It grows in wet, boggy areas.

Moneywort gets its name from the round shape of its flowers that resemble gold coins (from the Latin nummulare "like a coin".  

It is a vigorous grower, hardy to -40F. Evergreen, rounded, small leaves form a mat or trail from the edge of containers. When grown as a groundcover, it can handle light foot traffic.

It grows best in slightly acidic to neutral soil that is average to fertile and well drained. It tolerates clay soils.

It is a fast grower and it adapts itself to most light conditions, from full sun to part shade, even shade. It requires moist yet well drained soil. Never allow the soil to dry totally. It spreads by runners, which root at nodes.

Deadhead flowers to keep the plant from setting seed. Prune in early spring to remove damaged winter foliage and trim as needed to keep shape in containers.

Amend soil with organic matter when planting and water well until established. Do not fertilize the first season, then feed with a balanced formula once each spring. 

A stunning arrangement using Creeping Jenny as an accent. Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of Daryl Mitchell and Flickr

A stunning arrangement using Creeping Jenny as an accent. Image used under a Creative Commons licence with the kind permission of Daryl Mitchell and Flickr

It is available at nurseries as starter plants. Creeping jenny can be propagated by stem cuttings in spring. Take cuttings about five inches long, remove bottom leaves and dip in rooting hormone.

Plant in moist perlite and potting soil. Keep moisture level high by placing pot in a plastic bag. Rooting should take place in about a month.

Seeds can be sown in the spring or fall in a coldframe or by sowing directly on the ground in spring, after the danger of frost has passed. 




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Creeping jenny is not normally affected by pests. Slugs can be a problem in spring. Bait if needed. It isn't susceptible to disease.

Popular varieties:

  • Lysimachia Lummularia 'Aurea' - yellow to chartreuse foliage depending on light exposure. Spreads about one and a half feet
  • Lysimachia Lummularia 'Goldilocks' - bright chartreuse foliage. Spreads one to one a half feet

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