Yellow Loosestrife - Lysimachia vulgaris


A tall, (to 1.5 m high) herb with an unbranched stem except for branches of the terminal inflorescence. The leaves, except for the very lowest, are in whorls of 3 to 4. These leaves are narrowly ovate, without distinct teeth, but with a slightly wavy margin. The petioles are short and some leaves may appear sessile. The flowers are about 1.5 cm across and bright yellow. Their stalks (pedicels) are 1 cm or less, which distinguishes them from L. ciliata, which has longer flower stalks (2 to 4 cm).

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Lysimachia vulgaris is a marginal plant and thrives in wet peaty soil beside rivers, lakes and in other marshy places. 

When to see it

In flower during July, August and September.

Life History

A semi-evergreen perennial spreading vegetatively by very long thin rhizomes to form large colonies in permanently wet places.

UK Status

A rather localised distribution in Britain with most records coming from the north and west plus East Anglia.

VC55 Status

Rare as a native in Leicestershire and Rutland although cultivated plants may escape and confuse the distribution picture.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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