Creeping Jenny

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Creeping jenny

Scientific name: Lysimachia nummularia
Creeping jenny is a low-growing plant of wet grasslands, riverbanks, ponds and wet woods. It has cup-like, yellow flowers and is a popular choice for garden ponds.

Species information


Height: up to 15cm

Conservation status


When to see

May to August


Bell-shaped, yellow flowers and heart-shaped leaves are the defining characteristics of Creeping jenny - a low-growing perennial that creeps through damp grasslands, pond margins, riverbanks and wet woodlands. It flowers from May to August and is most prevalent in the south of the UK. A popular garden plant, Creeping jenny is good for pond margins and bog gardens, preferring shade to full sun.

How to identify

Creeping jenny has sunshine-yellow, cup-like flowers that are borne on stalks branching out from the main stem. Its heart-shaped or rounded leaves appear in opposite pairs up the length of the stem.


Common in Wales and Southern England, scattered distribution elsewhere.

Did you know?

Creeping jenny can be distinguished from its close relative, Yellow Pimpernel, by its much rounder leaves and more robust flowers. The flowers of Yellow Pimpernel are star-like.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife news, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and will be helping local wildlife along the way.