Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Garden Plant Information

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'



Lysimachia (also called creeping Jenny and golden Jenny)





General description

Mat-forming evergreen perennial grown as ground cover and used in summer containers. An attractive and bright plant, but be careful where you plant it, if it goes in the ground, as it is extremely vigorous and will try to take over the planet if you look away for five minutes. In the ground it can be useful near bog gardens or as edging.


In my opinion it's better used for a container, where it will trail very prettily, unless you really, really like it or have a lot of space.


Looks wonderful next to purple leaved plants such as Heuchera 'Palace Purple'.


Reputedly immune to rabbits.

Season of interest

Gold-green leaves all year round, yellow flowers in summer.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit - low-growing, mat-forming. H: 8cm S: seemingly unlimited.

  2. Stems - thin, pale green, slightly brittle. The stems root into soil easily.

  3. Leaves - round to oval, opposite, light golden-green.

  4. Flowers - cup-shaped, bright yellow, borne singly along the stems, about 2cm across.

Cultural details


Full sun or partial shade.


Prefers moist soil but isn't fussy.


Said to be hardy down to -25.


Trim regularly if you want to keep it small.


Generally free of pests and diseases.


If containerised, take stem cuttings in spring or peg down stems to the compost, where they will root easily. If it's in the ground it will propagate itself quite easily by means of adventitious roots.