Yellow Loosestrife,
Swamp Candles

Lysimachia terrestris
Family Primulaceae

* Flowers yellow, starlike, clustered on a slender spike. Petals show a circle of red spots.
* Leaves opposite on stalk.
* Height: 1-2'.

Natural History:
* Flowers June - September.
* Habitat: Swampy spots and grassy shores.
* Range: Southeastern Canada, northeastern and north-central United States.
* Native.

* Flowers in the genus Lysimachia have no nectar.

* In 1638, John Josselyn wrote in "An Account of Two Voyages to New-England Made during the Years 1638, 1663" of a "yellow Lysimachus of Virginia."


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008