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LYSIMACHIA congestiflora

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Grandiflora

Family

Primulaceae

Botanical Name

LYSIMACHIA congestiflora

Plant Common Name

Creeping Jenny

General Description

The sprawling, carpeting stems of this herbaceous perennial from China come aglow in spring and summer with hundreds of small yellow flowers. The upfacing cup-shaped flowers cluster at the stem tips above ruffs of tightly bunched oval leaves. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. Several cultivars are available including 'Outback Sunset,' with yellow-variegated leaves, and 'Eco Dark Satin,' with rich green foliage and red-throated yellow flowers.

Grow this spreading perennial in humus-rich, moist, well-drained, acid to neutral soil. It works well as a groundcover or as a foreground, edging, or container plant. Seed-grown plants will flower the first season, making it useful as an annual.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No