Lysimachia congestiflora
Common Name: creeping Jenny
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Primulaceae
Native Range: China
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to September
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual, Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy


Easily grown in moist, humusy, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants perform best in full sun in northern climates, but appreciate some part afternoon shade in St. Louis. Plants will spread to form an attractive ground cover, but are not considered to be too aggressive. This is a short-lived perennial that is sometime described and/or grown as an annual. Plants are easily grown from seed.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Lysimachia congestiflora (sometimes commonly called golden globes) is a mat-forming perennial that grows to only 4” tall but spreads in the garden to 12” wide or more forming a floriferous ground cover. Ovate to lance-shaped medium green leaves (to 2” long) are opposite or in whorls. Cup-shaped yellow flowers (to 3/4”) bloom in dense terminal clusters from spring to late summer. Synonymous with L. procumbens.


No serious insect or disease problems. Lysimachia is susceptible to rust and leaf spots.

Garden Uses

Border fronts or rock gardens. Good ground cover. Grow as annual for hanging baskets or containers.