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'Golden' Jenny vs. 'Creeping' Jenny

Posted by bobby1973 6b ( on
Fri, May 23, 08 at 13:21

is 'golden jenny' the same thing as 'creeping jenny'? i've heard how invasive 'creeping jenny' can be. but i recently saw 'golden jenny' groundcover at my local nursery, and loved its appearance. however before i buy it, i just want to make sure that it's not as invasive as creeping jenny, of if they're indeed just the same plant. please let me know.


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RE: 'Golden' Jenny vs. 'Creeping' Jenny

They are the same. There's another creeping jenny that is darker green. I'm in the process of trying to get it out of some of my beds. I wouldn't mind it if it wasn't choking out my more delicate plants like oxalis. It does well in hanging baskets and decorative pots. Proceed with caution!

RE: 'Golden' Jenny vs. 'Creeping' Jenny

I don't think that's right. Creeping jenny is a green weed. Golden jenny is golden colored and less invasive.

RE: 'Golden' Jenny vs. 'Creeping' Jenny

I checked to make sure I wasn't misleading anyone. Lysimachia mummularia "Aurea" is the lime green to yellow Golden Creeping Jenny. There are darker green species just named Lysimachia nummularia L. They are sold as annuals in some northern states and even banned in Mass. for their invasivness. They are on the "pest" list in TN also. Hope this is helpful.

RE: 'Golden' Jenny vs. 'Creeping' Jenny

I have some of the golden jenny. Lysimachia mummularia "Aurea" indeed. I keep mine WELL AWAY from my lawn. Here's some info I found:

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
Height: 6 in Spread: 12 in
Type: herbaceous perennial
Flowers: Yellow

Comments: Creeping Jenny (Vis. 1) can be used as a ground
cover and will tolerate shade. As an alternative, the plant
may be grown in a hanging pot. The plant also produces
yellow flowers (Vis. 2). Use it with caution as Creeping
Jenny can become a lawn weed. The plant prefers a moist
soil and can be used near water.

Propagation: Propagation is by division in autumn or
spring and may be needed to keep the plant under control.
Cuttings may also be used.

'Aurea' - The leaves are bright yellow.

Here is a link that might be useful: Reference

RE: 'Golden' Jenny vs. 'Creeping' Jenny

So I saw this beautiful plant at my nursery and planted it in a bed a couple of years ago. It spread and I just dug it up this morning and it had grown in to some of my perennials. There is no way I got all the roots. Does this mean I have just made the situation worse? It hasn't been terribly invasive but it didn't look that good as a ground cover as it does hanging out of pots I've seen. It had brown spots and the color was uneven. I plan to put pine bark mulch down but should I do more to prevent it from returning? Or will I just be able to pull out the new growth pretty easily?

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