E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Lysimachia vulgaris L.
yellow loosestrife (garden yellow loosestrife)
Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)

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© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #7456)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb; stems erect or ascending, solitary, simple or branched below, slightly if at all dotted with reddish or blackish spots, densely glandular-hairy, 60-150 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, dotted with reddish or blackish spots, 3-10 cm long.
Inflorescence branching, with younger flowers borne at the tips, leafy-bracted; corollas uniformly yellow, without streaks or dots, 8-11 (13) mm wide, 5-lobed, the lobes entire; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes at most about 5 mm long, dark-margined; styles deciduous; filaments fused at the bases; sterile stamens lacking.
Capsules, breaking into valves at dispersal; seeds few.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet roadsides in the lowland zone; rare garden escape on S Vancouver Island and around Vancouver; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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