Lysimachia – Loosestrife, Creeping Jenny or Creeping Charlie, Moneywort, Gooseneck, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Lysimachia – Loosestrife, Creeping
Jenny or Creeping Charlie, Moneywort, Gooseneck

Moneywort, Creeping Jenny
and Creeping Charlie are all common names for Lysimachia
which is a prostrate or creeping plant
and grows very rapidly. It has very showy yellow flowers
and blooms from May to September. The Loosestrife (L.
clethroides) is
a very showy and graceful Japanese
variety. It grows 3 feet high and produces long, recurved
or drooping, spikes of pure white flowers from ,Tiny
to September. The leaves take on bright autumnal colors
in the Fall when the flowers arc gone. L. punctata
another yellow flowered sort which is attractive.
The flowers are produced in whorls around a leafy stalk.

UTILIZE. The Loosestrife
is useful for cutting for it lasts well when cut, to
grow in a border, wild garden or along lake margins.
There is hardly any plant which surpasses the Moneywort
for covering banks, rustic urns, vases, old stumps,
or to grow in hanging baskets. The plants spread very
rapidly and are very showy when they are in bloom. This
is a good carpeting plant for shady places under trees,
but it must be admitted that it spreads rapidly and
may become a weed.

GENERAL. All of the varieties
prefer moist situations and it is because of this that
they grow so splendidly on stream banks or in any kind
of waterside plantings. The plants do not require any

PROPAGATION. Division of
the roots, either in late Autumn or early Spring, is
the best method of multiplication


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