Creeping Jenny Pond Plant ~ Hardy & Perennial Marginal Plants

creeping jenny pond plant

Many Pond Owners Favorite ~ Creeping Jenny Pond Plants

Lysimachia nummularia (the scientific name for creeping jenny)

The rounded, golden leaves are shaped by trailing stems and bear small bright yellow flowers in the summer. In milder climates, it is a perennial. However, you should be cautious not to plant it in areas where spread would be undesirable. One creeping jenny plant can grow up to 2 feet in width and then root as it moves.

Creeping Jenny can tolerate very moist soil and water up to one-inch deep. Making it an excellent choice for a marginal plant in your garden. Creeping Jenny, which grows approximately 2 inches tall, is a good filler for rocks. Its cheerful bright leaves create a contrast with the cool grays of the wet stone. The summer brings out tiny, charming yellow flowers that add beauty and interest.

Although Creeping Jenny can be pretty prolific and may become an invasive species in certain areas, it is easy to pull and managed very well. It is found between rocks near the pond’s edge. The trailing leaves create a beautiful, lacy texture by floating into the water. This easy-to-grow beauty can be used in a gentle stream or tumbled down the sides of waterfalls for visual interest.

Creeping Jenny pond plants are visually appealing and offer restorative and preventative care. Lysimachia is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat gallstones and bladder stones. Herbalists also use the plant to treat wounds. It contains phenolic acid. Gout symptoms can be treated with the help of some practitioners.

How to Plant Creeping Jenny

Lysimachia nummularia should live by the motto “Less is More.” Because it spreads quickly, plants should be spaced 12-18 inches apart. They can soon grow to a dense carpet of 4-8 inches in height. It is best to plant Creeping Jenny in the spring to produce beautiful summer flowers. However, they can be grown whenever there is regular water and mild weather.  This makes it one of our favorite pond plants next to waterfalls and pond edges.

Conditions Best for Growing

Creeping Jenny requires a constant supply of moist but not soggy soil. Creeping Jenny is most at home in low-lying, damp areas of the garden/pond. This allows them to spread freely and doesn’t cause any trouble for other plants. Creeping Jenny flowers should not be allowed to dry between waterings. Instead, plant them in partial to full sun. Protect Creeping Jenny plants from the sun in hot climates. The heat can cause leaves to turn yellow and become wilted.

Maintenance and Care

You can cut back on Creeping Jenny pond plants if they start to look tired. Creeping Jenny is quick to recover once established. Some consider this plant invasive. Don’t let it grow alone for too long, or it could take over your garden. If spreading is a problem, you can expand it as a trailing plant or raised bed.

How to Find Creeping Jenny for Sale

You can usually find creeping jenny pond plants at local nurseries or pond stores.  It can also be found easily online.