Lysimachia vulgaris

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPrimulaceaeLysimachiaLysimachia vulgaris


A semi-evergreen perennial spreading vegetatively by very long thin rhizomes to form large colonies in permanently wet places on organic (less commonly, mineral) soils. Habitats include river banks and streamsides, marshes, tall-herb fens, fen-carr, ponds and ditches. It withstands some shade in wet open woodland. Lowland.



World Distribution

Eurasian Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 943

Height (cm): 105

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1227

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 288

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.22

Weighted Changed Factor: 15

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (202d)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
Proctor MCF, Yeo PF, Lack AJ
1996.  The natural history of pollination.