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Golden Creeping Jenny

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

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Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' foliage

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Moneywort

Description:

A spectacular groundcover choice, vigorous yet not overly aggressive, with uniquely paired bright golden leaves all season and attractive yellow flowers throughout the summer; almost indestructible, a colorful groundcover for shady sites

Ornamental Features

Golden Creeping Jenny is smothered in stunning lightly-scented gold cup-shaped flowers along the stems from late spring to mid summer. Its attractive round leaves remain gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Creeping Jenny is a dense spreading perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Golden Creeping Jenny is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Golden Creeping Jenny will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Golden Creeping Jenny is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features