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LYSIMACHIA nummularia 'Goldilocks'

Image of Lysimachia nummularia 'Goldilocks'

James H. Schutte

Family

Primulaceae

Botanical Name

LYSIMACHIA nummularia 'Goldilocks'

Plant Common Name

Creeping Jenny, Goldilocks Creeping Jenny

General Description

Creeping Jenny is a vigorous and sometimes invasive carpeting perennial native to Europe and naturalized in the eastern United States. The cultivar 'Goldilocks' spreads rapidly to form attractive mats of small, rounded, golden yellow leaves, which are studded with fragrant bright yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. The yellow leaf color is strongest in sun, becoming chartreuse in shade. The differences between this cultivar and 'Aurea' are unclear.

This plant grows most vigorously (and invasively) in moist, well drained soil and partial shade. The leaves scorch in sunny, dry sites. It looks lovely spilling over a rock wall or hanging basket, and makes a good ground cover. It self-seeds prolifically in moist soils, and may invade natural areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes