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Lysimachia nummularia 'Goldilocks'

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Lysimachia (ly-si-MAK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: nummularia (num-ew-LAH-ree-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Goldilocks

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Zy On Sep 21, 2011, Zy from Hamilton, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

'Goldilocks' looks like a weed if maintained as a tiny specimen, but en masse it's a great accent plant. Where it grows bright yellow in full sun, a 6' patch is visible from 100'+ away, making adjacent green areas (including lawn) look greener and better. Use it around shrubs having "long legs" (such as Forsythia, Viburnum, burning bush, ninebark, crape myrtle, rose of Sharon, etc.) to squeeze out weeds while providing color contrast. Looks especially striking near any plants having maroon foliage/stems such as ninebark 'Diablo', Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate', and the burgundy varieties of Japanese barberry. Just make sure that its companion plant is too tall for it to climb over and smother. Is also a refreshing substitute for those uninteresting (and usually weedy) suburban lawn strips located between roadway and sidewalk.

In my zone 6a it also provides winter interest, turning a pink color, regardless of sun exposure!

I've been growing it extensively in my front and rear yards for the past 4 growing seasons and although it flowers, it has yet to spread via seed.

It spreads fastest in full sun, but only if you weed it often and/or apply something like Preen. Yet it actually can spread with FAR less help from the gardener in full shade than in full sun because in full shade it gets much less competition from weeds (such as dandelion, clover, crabgrass) that would otherwise go ballistic in full sun.

Exhibits the very peculiar characteristic of spreading in ALL directions; including into the deepest low-canopy shade of shrubs while its adjacent stems are expanding further and faster into full-time direct sunlight. Thus, although full sun gives 'Goldilocks' the greatest growth rate, the plant doesn't bend toward the light source as most plants do.

It takes as little as 2 weeks to root stem cuttings in only water, but moist peat or vermiculite is quicker and more reliable.

Persistently wet conditions in late winter / early spring can promote a white moldy looking fungus on its roots, which can kill off nearly an entire patch. Curiously, no other plant in close proximity to it shows such an affliction. I've never ever seen this disease on any other plant. However, large 'Goldilocks' areas that had died off from disease were successfully (And quickly!) re-established from rooted stem cuttings obtained from undiseased patches located elsewhere in my yard. So plant them in several different locations so as not to put all your eggs in one basket, so that you will increase your chance of having a safe zone that can be used for re-population in case one or more areas should die off from root fungus disease. Remember that it's VERY easy to propagate from stem cuttings. So you can restore diseased areas formerly covered with 'Goldilocks' from cuttings taken from disease-free areas, but don't replant the diseased area until at least June when the fungus has abated.

I've observed that it does not do well in the compacted soil of my foot paths, long after I stopped walking there. So I question how long it could be useful if planted between walking stones (which I haven't yet tried).

Its worst downside is that its soil must be maintained moist. 'Goldilocks' is not a good choice for regions that are subject to scorching summer drought.

Positive darylmitchell On Jul 15, 2009, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I've used this in containers in shade and partial shade. It's a reliable, fast-growing foliage plant that trails over the side of the container. When paired with bright coloured flowers or other rich coloured foliage plants like coleus, it can create an attention-grabbing combination. It's also easy to care for and tough as nails - it can withstand all kinds of adverse weather.

Be careful when putting it in the same container with other small, low-growing plants, as Goldilocks can quickly engulf its small companions. If it gets unruly, simply pinch back some of the stems.

Positive staceysmom On Jun 11, 2007, staceysmom from (GayLynn) Appleton, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this plant. It is a great trailer plant in containers. It's bright leaves look great paired up with the dark leaves of the NG Impatiens. If grown in the sun it is a golden color, if grown in the shade it is more of a chartruse color. I had also planted it in a flower bed and was surprised to see it had come back this spring as it was labeled as an annual. It has spread quite a bit and is doing a great job of filling in a bare spot that I don't know what to do with. Tons of small yellow flowers fill the vines also.

Negative sjbgarden On May 16, 2007, sjbgarden from Hingham, MA wrote:

Though I do love to look of creeping Jenny, it has been placed on the "do not plant" list in our area (Massachusetts). Some of the wholesalers have been told to pull it off the shelves because of it's invasive nature. I will attest to the fact that it has spread in areas I didn't even plant it due to the reseeding- and I am now pulling it out from all kinds of places. It will not be contained in a container as it will reseed in the walkway, or anywhere else the wind blows!

Positive SunshineSue On May 24, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've had great success with this plant in my zone 5 1/2-6 garden, sun or partial shade. I have used in extensively as a low growing border plant, intertwined with Lamium. The display of Moneywort's lime green color & Lamiums whiteish/ green color is very effective & shows up particularily well in partial shade where it can be a bit dark if care isn't taken to plant lighter color plants & foilage. Very easy to create new plants by pinching off a 3-4" stem, taking off the lower leaves & planting in the ground where more Moneywort is desired. Do this by mid-August so that plants have time to root properly before the cold weather sets in. I have used Moneywort in containers also along with Lamium to create a cascading effect down a pot. Plants may or may not survive the winter if left in the pots. It's a hit & miss if you try this, although I've had some success with this. A really lovely little lime green plant, easy to grow & no special requirements that I've encountered.

Positive ArianesGrandma On Sep 11, 2002, ArianesGrandma from Yorkville, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Here in Zone 5B Goldilocks ( Lysimachia ) is being sold as an Annual.....but I've had mine for (2) years now and it's doing great, even threw our Chicago Snow storms with no PROTECTION at all......and it loves to hang over the edge of my Pond or Grow in Pea Gravel or trail from my tall POTS!! should see the ROOT System on this small plant....I don't think I'll leave it IN the POND over the winter but set it in the gravel...I'm pretty sure "Goldi" will be back for her 3rd SHOWING in 2003.....she's pretty tough... I've split her in half several times just by slicing through the entire plant with a Sharp knife....after a few days,and lots of water, she perks right up and makes herself at home in her new location. Her bright yellow flowers cover her come late spring/early summer....and they almost look BRACTS instead of flowers.....She's a KEEPER!!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Angels Camp, California
Crestline, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Gainesville, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Yorkville, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Newburgh, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Mandeville, Louisiana
Minden, Louisiana
Royal Oak, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Laurel, Mississippi
Holts Summit, Missouri
Potosi, Missouri
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
West Jefferson, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Brooks, Oregon
Greenville, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Essex Junction, Vermont
Arlington, Virginia
Winchester, Virginia
Kirkland, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Ripley, West Virginia
Appleton, Wisconsin
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Racine, Wisconsin

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