Yellow Nonea - Nonea lutea

    Alt Name
    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 guidance

    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map