Lysimachia punctata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPrimulaceaeLysimachiaLysimachia punctata


An evergreen perennial herb naturalised in rough grassland and on woodland edges, roadsides and waste ground. It spreads by short, thick rhizomes, but is apparently self-incompatible and rarely sets seed. Generally lowland, but reaching 430 m W. of Nenthead (Cumberland).



World Distribution

Native of S.E. & E.C. Europe and W. Asia, east to Iran and the Caucasus; the western L. punctata and the eastern L. verticillaris do not appear to be specifically distinct.

© M. Cotterill, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 999

Height (cm): 120

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1127

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 48

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 4.62

Weighted Changed Factor: 50

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (203b)
Mabey R
1996.  Flora Britannica.
McAllister HA
1999.  Lysimachia punctata L. and L. verticillaris Sprengel (Primulaceae) naturalised in the British Isles. Watsonia. 22:279-281.
Simpson BB, Neff JL, Seigler DS
1983.  Floral biology and floral rewards of Lysimachia (Primulaceae). American Midland Naturalist. 110:249-256.