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Golden creeping Jenny

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’

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Golden creeping Jenny is a  low-growing, rampant, evergreen ground cover with rounded, golden yellow leaves. In summer, it produces many cup-shaped, bright yellow flowers.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis cultivar can withstand damper soils than many other types of ground covers and can tolerate limited foot traffic.

CareGrow in a moist, but well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Soil should not dry out in summer. Full sun or partial shade, but color is best in full sun.

PropagationSow seed in containers outdoors in spring. Divide in spring or autumn.

ProblemsRust and leaf spot are possible, but generally no serious disease or insect problems. Can be invasive.

  • Genus : Lysimachia
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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  1. charliehohn 02/24/2015

    This species is invasive in New England, USA, do not recommend planting it there as it could become a garden pest or worse spread into native habitat and cause problems. It does look neat with the yellow variant, haven't seen that, to be honest hope I never do unless I am traveling somewhere where it is native.

  2. mitchgroenhof 04/14/2015

    This species is extremely invasive in the Midwest and I have seen it overtake areas in Iowa, Minnesota as well as Illinois. PLEASE DON'T PLANT!!!

    1. SupBrah6969 04/20/2016

      Kinda like dems.

      1. user-868463 05/10/2017

        How about a truce on the gardening site?

      2. erenwhitewilliams 07/02/2017

        brah is obviously thirsty as hell! lmao

  3. marilynz 06/27/2015

    I want to put it in hanging baskets...how would that be?

  4. karen_burkey 09/24/2015

    We have one on top of a rain barrel on our patio and it drapes down almost the ground. It's gorgeous that way. Not something I'd plant anywhere but in a container, though.

    1. bonniemillercombs 10/20/2017

      I love the idea of it on the rain barrel in a container

  5. luannetimmerman 06/06/2016

    Invasive! Invasive! Invasive! DO NOT PLANT anywhere! Even hanging baskets won't do it because it will seed in somewhere. It was left for me by a previous owner of my house and I had to resort to covering everything with black plastic and starting over. It's taking years to get rid of it. I hate this plant almost as much as Norway Maples...don't plant those either by the way, also invasive. If you plant it anyway, don't say you weren't warned.

  6. c_stahl 06/16/2016

    Guess it depends on your soil and climate. Live in z7b with Sandy soil and I don't have problem with it either in ground or in baskets. But I planted mine away from my beds to be safe.

  7. deborahsilvis 06/20/2017

    I like mine too!!!!

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