Yellow Nonea - Nonea lutea

Alternative names
Yellow Monk's-wort

Nonea lutea has primrose yellow flowers with a deeper yellow throat which grow in profusion on radiating stems that may be drooping or prostrate. The stem is bristly to the touch and the dark green leaves are lanceolate with entire margins, rough in texture, up to 6cm long and 2cm broad; they are hairy and have raised pimples or warts.

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

Leaves glandular-hairy

Recording advice

Photograph of whole plant; retain a specimen for verification 


Occasionally escaping from cultivation and establishing in the wild so most likely to be encountered close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowering in March and April.

Life History

Evergreen biennial.

UK Status

This native of America is widespread in Britain but with just a scattering of records.

VC55 Status

Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Yellow Nonea
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
31/03/2017 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
13/03/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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