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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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26 May, 2015

Creeping Jenny: penny-wise, moneywort | Nature Notes from Dorset

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) is possibly best known as a garden plant used as ground cover especially in damp soil near ponds. As its name implies it is a rather prostrate plant rather than an upright one. It has attractive five-petalled yellow flowers with glossy heart-shaped leaves. It can spread rapidly in the right conditions and in some places it is considered an invasive weed!. 
Although occasionally seen in the wild as a garden escape it is also a native flower and is found mainly in damp woodland, usually where a bare path is prone to puddling. There is a similar plant which can easily cause confusion

Read more: Creeping Jenny: penny-wise, moneywort | Nature Notes from Dorset