Golden Creeping Jenny, where to buy seeds?

wren_garden(zone 5b/6)September 27, 2011

Just finished a total redo of most of the beds. Now I am looking at bare soil again between all the perennials. I have a friend who has Golden creeping jenny as a living green mulch between all the Daylilies, Roses and other perennials in a large bed. It looks beautiful and keeps out the weeds. I would love to do that for a number of the redone beds but on a budget. Growing my own from seed seems the best and fastest way to fill the beds.All the searches I have done come up empty. Dose anyone know where to buy seeds. The botanical name is Lysimachia Nummularia Aurea. It can be referred to as Moneywort too. Thanks! Elizabeth

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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I've never seen seed offered, but it might be out there. I would think long and hard before ever introducing this plant into my garden again. I did it once and it took about 10 years to get rid of it. It is lovely, but my-oh-my does it spread - and spread FAST!

My warning. Take it or leave it at your own peril.


    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 11:14AM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

This plant is propagated by cuttings, not seed.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 11:22AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

one of the most invasive problem plants i ever had ... it is the understatement of the century to suggest you might rethink this ...

your friend already has it... take a hand trowel.. with permission ... dig out a bunch of little clumps... hers will fill in in a week.. and you will be well on your way to the nightmare i lived ..

good luck


    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 12:41PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

But it does produce seed. An excerpt from a Master Gardener website:

"Seed capsules do not form readily, so 'Aurea' does not spread by seed as readily as the green type will."

I found a few other references to this plant producing seed, but again they all stated it's usually propagated by cuttings.


    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 1:00PM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Any seed that is produced is unlikely to produce the gold-leaved form.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 1:12PM
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wren_garden(zone 5b/6)

I already have creeping charlie that came with the property. It is green with scalloped edged leaves that can get up to 1 and a half inches wide. I fight it all summer, every summer,in 10 out of the 12 beds. Thank goodness it is easy to pull. I have had Golden creeping Jenny in a part of my garden before. It is much slower then charlie and flatter to the ground.It also has had winter die back and has been burnt out by a hot spell and crowded out by it's taller fellows which has made it easy to keep ahead of. Where as charlie is an iron invader.I understand the nature of these creepers. I have given the same warnings many times to other new gardeners. I deal with creeper menace all summer, might as well be one I want. If it goes where I don't want it, it's not weeding, but lifting a new plant to put someplace else I would like some,lol Well since seeds are out and I will have to spend money anyway, is there another ground cover plant choice that would work better? The area at the base of roses, around daylilies and the nooks and granies. Thanks for your concerns. Elizabeth

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 11:35AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If you have a friend with the plant can you ask for a few pieces? Don't worry too much about Ken - have it if you want it - I secretly believe he doesn't really like plants very much, except perfectly-behaved trees ; )

p.s. It actually died in my garden.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 1:35PM
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Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' also will, if given the chance, escape into your lawn, producing an interesting (?) dappled yellow-green effect. Lysimachialawn is not as well known a malady as Ajugalawn but can be equally pernicious.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 3:29PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Any groundcover will escape into your lawn if you let it--thymes, vinca, etc. You do have to control groundcovers if you have them.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 6:50AM
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