Dotted Loosestrife - Lysimachia punctata


    Medium to tall, erect, patch forming plant. Minutely downy. Leaves in whorls of 3 or 4 opposite. Flowers yellow, 18 to 26 mm borne in clusters at the bases of upper leaf whorls. Petal lobes broad fringed with glandular hairs.

    Similar Species

    Lysimachia vulgaris (often introduced into waterside habitats, although rare as a true native in VC55); some other garden species may become naturalised 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves hairy; calyx glandular-hairy and green all over; flowers in dense clusters in axils; lobes of flowers with glandular hairs along margins.

    Recording advice

    General photo of plant in its habitat, plus details of flowers and calyx (a side-on view)


    Moist open woodland, damp grassy places, river banks, marshes. Often near habitation as a garden throw-out.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial - Many wild plants may be established from original garden escapes. It is now widely naturalised.

    UK Status

    Recorded from most of England, Wales and southern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 16 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (neophyte); scarce.

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