Often used as groundcover or as an accent plant in containers, Creeping Jenny fares excellently when used in water gardening applications. Its round, shiny Chartreuse leaves clasp to each side of its stem creating a wonderful chain that cascades over sides of tubs or trails along rocks in a pond.
Creeping Jenny enjoys very moist soil or water up to one-inch deep, making it an excellent choice for use as a marginal plant in your water garden. Growing approximately two inches in height, Creeping Jenny is a great filler to soften edges of rocks, its cheerful, bright leaves creating a vivid contrast against the cool grays of wet stone. Tiny, delightful yellow flowers appear throughout the summer, providing added beauty and interest.
Creeping Jenny is quite prolific and considered to be invasive in some areas, but it’s easily pulled and can be managed quite nicely. Nestled in between rocks at the pond’s edge, its trailing foliage floats into the water creating wonderful, lacy texture. Use this easy-to-grow charmer in a gentle stream, or let it tumble down the sides of a waterfall for visual interest.
Besides visual appeal, Creeping Jenny offers medicinal care. In traditional Chinese medicine, Lysimachia is used to treat gall stones and urinary bladder stones. The plant contains a number of phenolic acids and is also used by herbalists for treating wounds. Some practitioners use the plant to battle gout symptoms.
Also known as Moneywort due to its round, penny-sized leaves, Lysimachia nummalaria is a perennial, native to Europe and best grown in Zones 3-10. For optimal growing results, keep its feet wet and plant in part-sun to sun.