How to grow Lysimachia nummularia
29 September 2020

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia

By Christopher Brickell

Today we will learn how to grow Lysimachia nummularia. Not only that, it is surprisingly beautiful flowering and unpretentious in care, it can easily reproduce. Are you intrigued? I won’t keep you waiting for a long time, get acquainted – Lysimachia nummularia.

Botanical dossier

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia

Moneywort, Lysimachia nummularia, Goldilocks plants and yellow flowers lie on sundstone in the garden. Perennial herb with creeping shoots.

Lysimachia nummularia is a member of the Primulaceae family. It was born in Europe, naturalized in some parts of the eastern part of North America. In nature, it prefers shady places, floodplain meadows. Winter resistance (according to USDA data) corresponds to zones 3-8.

Decorative varieties:
Aurea” – a height of 5 cm. Leaves are golden-yellow, green in the shade;
Goldilocks” – 5-10 cm high and 30 cm wide. Leaves are golden. Flowers self-cleaning;
‘Green Carpet’ – leaves are green, large.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Cultivation and care

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia

Creeping Jenny lysimachia aura trailing stem plant growing out of garden pots over a brick wall and onto a wrought iron patio chair.

Lysimachia nummularia seems delicate, vulnerable, but it is not: in fact, it is an incredibly stable soil plant for the sun, shade and shadow. It grows rapidly, even in northern orientation flower beds. However, it has nothing to do with invasive (weedy) species, despite its vitality and growth rate: a curb ribbon will be enough to determine the boundaries of growth.

It is tolerant to a lack of light, successfully covers the soil even in the most shady places.

It is a real ascetic for the soil, but on dry and poor soils looks more modest. It likes moisture, so hot summer is not without watering. In areas with heavy soils need drainage at the bottom of the planting hole – some flowers pour gravel under the top layer of soil. Once every 3-5 years, Lysimachia nummularia is divided and transplanted. It can be planted again in the same place, previously digging and loosening the soil.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Reproduction

Moneywort, Lysimachia nummularia, seedling

It is possible to reproduce with seeds, but this method has one disadvantage – the seedlings bloom in the third year. Partly because of this, many gardeners prefer to multiply a verbella with stem cuttings, which easily take root in knots (the place of attachment of leaves to the shoot) at any time of year. Cuttings are planted in damp loose soil, and in 5-7 days they take root.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Use in garden design

Lysimachia nummularia can quickly make a large area with a live carpet, but it is not worth using it instead of a lawn. Yes, it is resistant to trampling and does not need to be mowed regularly, but by autumn it loses a little decorative effect. Some shoots dry out, the color of the leaves changes – the yellow ones turn green, the green ones turn pale.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Contrast plantings


Lysimachia nummularia is equally good everywhere, especially when there is a contrast of colors with the surrounding plants or elements of garden structures, decor. Bright coins of its yellowish varieties look great against the background of rocary stones.

The beautiful duo of vervain ‘Aurea’ forms with the Nanjing railing (Perilla frutescens var. crispa, a decorative variation of the bush handrail). It looks great in company with other soil-covering plants – like Tropaeolum majus and Acaena buchananii.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Ampel landscaping

golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia – Aurea)

It is a lovely ampel plant with long thin shoots, dressed with graceful leaves. It feels good in a small volume of soil, and in spacious pots and containers will show its beauty.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: The design of the pond

It looks harmoniously next to water bodies, especially if the coastal zone is decorated with natural stone or boulders. Long vervain shoots may fall directly into the water, which does not harm the plant at all. It is no less magnificent in the decoration of fountains.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Potted compositions

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia

In stationary and portable garden flowerpots vervain is interesting in compositions with petunias, coels, balsam, begonias, etc. For all its merits, the role of a solitaire is not on its shoulders: in compositions, it performs the duties of a statistician with dignity.

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Room plant

Lysimachia nummularia can be grown in a room, and not necessarily in a separate pot. Its root system is superficial, so feel free to plant it with plants with which it will not compete for food. For example, in a common container with geranium, he looks and feels great!

How to grow Lysimachia nummularia: Applicant for a place in aquariums and paludariums

There is another amazing property of Lysimachia nummularia, which is not known to all: it can grow perfectly in aquariums and paletariums at a water temperature of +15 … +22 ° C. Planted in the ground in the center of the tank or along the glass wall, it will be satisfied with natural light, and additional illumination is not required.

Such an amazing plant is Lysimachia nummularia – unpretentious, beautiful, universal. You should agree that it deserves attention and at least a small place in the garden, by the pond or in the room.