Lysimachia nummularia L.

Creeping Jenny

Sp. Pl. 1: 148 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Prostrate perennial, stems to c. 40 cm long, rooting at nodes. Leaves shortly petiolate, opposite, lamina orbiculate to ovate, 1–3.5 mm long, 0.5–3.5 mm wide, glabrous except for a few scattered sessile glands. Flowers solitary or sometimes paired in leaf axils; sepals c. 5 mm long, ovate or deltoid-ovate, virtually free, green, sometimes with dark streaks; petals ovate, c. 15 mm long, spreading, yellow, sometimes with small red dots. Capsules not seen. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

*Gold, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW, Tas. Native to Eurasia, occasionally encountered on wet banks of drainage lines and other water bodies with other invasive species. Collected from Millgrove near Warburton (2000) and Ballarat (2004).

Lysimachia nummularia rarely produces capsules, with plants largely reproducing vegetatively, forming dense mats.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-21
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
genus Lysimachia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lysimachia nummularia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lysimachia nummularia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales