A genus of variable habit and comprising perennial
herbs that inhabit moist places in the temperate
and subtropical regions of the world.
Lysimachis nummularia is the familiar Creeping Jenny
of prostrate habit with slender stems clothed
with rounded foliage and small yellow flowers;
it will grow almost anywhere.
Lysimachis clethroides, of Japan, reaches three feet,
with large opposite foliage and white flowers,
half an inch across, borne in a long, slender
Lysimachis fortunei, from China and Japan, reaches one
and a half feet, with loose spikes of yellow flowers
above elegant foliage.
Lysimachis punctata, two to three feet, is a European
with large yellow flowers, tinged reddish at the
Lysimachis epheanerum, three feet, is a white-flowered
species from South Europe.
Lysimachis atropurpurea, two feet, is purple-flowered,
These are the leading species for use in gardens
and are of the easiest cultivation, but prefer
a damp situation to one where drought could cause
Propagation is effected by division or from seed.
The flowering season is in summer.
See Also : Lysimachis