from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a cosmopolitan genus of plants, including some of the loosestrifes, found in damp or swampy terrain having usually yellow flowers; they are inclined to be invasive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large genus of dicotyledonous gamopetalous plants, belonging to the natural order Primulaceæ, the primrose family, and to the tribe Lysimachieæ, characterized by a capsule which opens longitudinally, a 5- or 6-parted corolla which is longer than the calyx, and stamens affixed to the base of the corolla.
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- n. loosestrife: a cosmopolitan genus found in damp or swampy terrain having usually yellow flowers; inclined to be invasive
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The plants: Natives Chasmanthium latifolium Northern Sea Oats, a grass with dancing seedheads, and Aster laevis 'Bluebird,' a hit with butterflies, bees and birds, are paired with Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' and Sedum sichotense, whose colors intensify as temperatures drop; bright chartreuse Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' adds to the show.
Along the wall edge is the groundcover Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, golden creeping jenny shining brightly amidst the mess of other plants.
As for the Lysimachia, I was alarmed at the spreading, but as you say, it will grow under the worst conditions.
Lysimachia ciliata ‘Purpurea’ came with a warning when purchased from Mouse Creek Nursery that it could spead aggressively in moist soil.
Thank you for joining in. gail I would be glad to share a bit of Lysimachia quadrifolia Whorled Loosestife~just a bit is all you need!
Lysimachia does a little TOO well here, so I will have to decline your generous offer.
The red leaf plant is Lysimachia ciliata, a thug but useful in hard to grow places.
The creeping jenny is Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’.
The window box is thoughtfully planted with colorful foliage including coleus and golden creeping jenny, Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, thanks for reminding me to put the correct name, Helen.
Ajuga, creeping jenny, Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ and Euporbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’ have interwoven into a magic carpet on the steep slope behind the main house.