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Lysimachia, Loosestrife

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Yellow pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum

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Category Perennial, Aquatic
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Angiospermae
Order Ericales
Family Myrsinaceae
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  • Cultivation: Invastive, Naturalizing, Low-Maintenance, Easy-To-Grow
  • Light: Sun
  • Soil: Rich, Mid-Fertility, Poor, Loam
  • pH: 4, 5, 6
  • Moisture: Aquatic, Bog, Wet


  • Form: Herbaceous
  • Habit: Perennial
  • Flower: Large
  • Fruit/Seed: Small
  • Foliage: Leaves, Green
  • Uses: Ornamental


Lysimachia  is a Genus of Flowering plants. It is traditionally classified in the family Primulaceae but should, according to molecular phylogenetic study, be placed to the family Myrsinaceae .


Lysimachia species often have yellow flowers, and grow vigorously. They tend to grow in damp conditions. Several species within Lysimachia are commonly called Loosestrife, although this name is also used for plants within the genus Lythrum.
Lysimachia species are used as food plants by the Larvae of some butterflies and moths, including the Dot Moth, Grey Pug, Lime-speck Pug, Small Angle Shades and V-pug.

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