Lysimachia, Creeping Jenny, Moneywort 'Goldilocks'

Lysimachia nummularia

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


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Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Hayesville, Oregon

Labish Village, Oregon

Greenville, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Chandler, Texas

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2021, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fantastic plant as a trailer in a container garden. I would never consider using as ground cover for fear of it getting out of control. Even though its supposed to be hardy in my z8a, it has died every winter. Its reasonably priced so i dont mind buying every year. Likes lots of water, esp. if potted.


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... read more


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.


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.


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!


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 p... read more


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 ... read more