Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Moneywort - Lysimachia nummularia   L.
Members of Primulaceae:
Members of Lysimachia with account distribution info or public map:
Google Images
Section 6 » Order Primulales » Family Primulaceae
Show/Hide Synonym
DistributionMostly in the Mountains and Piedmont; rare in the Coastal Plain (Cape Fear River in Bladen County; roadside ditch in Camden County). First collected in Iredell County in 1881 by M.E. Hyams ("escaped cult.").

Native of Europe; in N.A. -- N.S. to Ont., MN, and NE, south to GA, LA, OK. Also CO, MT, and B.C. to CA.
AbundanceFairly common to locally common in the Piedmont and Mountains; rare in the Coastal Plain except in a few brownwater river floodplains; absent from the Sandhills proper.
HabitatFloodplain forests and alluvial woods, shores of rivers, streams, and impoundments. As it grows well into the shade of bottomland forests, it can be a noxious pest, impacting low-growing native herbs.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationMoneywort is a prostrate, creeping plant with opposite, round (or even wider than long), shiny leaves (the size of a thumbnail) and showy yellow flowers. Japanese Loosestrife (L. japonica) is quite similar but has broadly ovate leaves and much smaller flowers.
Taxonomic CommentsWeakley (2020) has split out Steironema from Lysimachia based on a 2018 paper using molecular research; and in so doing has gone back to "old" taxonomy. In Lysimachia there are no staminodes and the leaves are punctate with elongate markings (vs. staminodes present and punctae absent in Steironema).
Other Common Name(s)Creeping Jenny
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
State Status
US Status
USACE-agcpFACW link
USACE-empFACW link
County Map - click on a county to view source of record.
Select a source
Select an occurrence type