Biological Name:

Lysimachia nummularia

Natural Habitat:

Moneywort is a type of flowering plant that is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It can be found in damp meadows, along the edges of streams and rivers, and in wet woodland areas.


Moneywort is a type of flowering plant that is commonly found in fields and other grassy areas. It is a member of the Lamiaceae family which also includes plants such as mint and basil. Moneywort is an annual or perennial plant that produces small white or purple flowers and clusters of seeds. The plant is often used as a cover crop to improve soil health and suppress weeds. It is also known for its ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions including wet or dry soils. In some areas moneywort is considered a weed because of its ability to invade cultivated areas and cause allergies and other health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Are Creeping Jenny and moneywort the same thing?
A: A fast-growing and vigorous groundcover, Creeping Jenny (also known as moneywort) brings mats of low-lying chartreuse color to gardens and containers. Native to Europe but naturalized to Eastern North America, its rounded golden leaves form on trailing stems with small, bright yellow flowers appearing in the summer.

Q: Is creeping Jenny for sun or shade?
A: Golden creeping jenny as a groundcover in a shady area. L. nummularia ‘Aurea’ can be planted almost any exposure from full sun to light shade, in moist soils. For the best color, situate the plant so it receives morning sun.

Q: Will creeping Jenny come back every year?
A: Since creeping Jenny is a perennial in USDA zones 4-9, it’s hardy enough to survive a cold winter and will return in the spring.

Q: Will creeping Jenny choke out weeds?
A: Creeping Jenny is characterized by small oval leaves and tiny yellow flowers in the summer. This is a fast-growing groundcover that can become invasive if not properly managed. Its nature is to choke out weeds and grow rapidly in hard-to-plant areas.

Q: How do I care for a moneywort plant?
A: Care for Moneywort is very simple. It grows quickly when provided with nutrient rich soil and moderate to high lighting. It will grow at a slower pace under low lighting. Like most stem plants, it can be trimmed and cuttings can be replanted.

Q: Does moneywort need full sun?
A: Plant care: Moneywort grows best in partial to full shade.

Q: Will moneywort choke out other plants?
A: Creeping Jenny Also known as Moneywort, this plant has green leaves that become yellow when they get good sun exposure. It spreads quickly, and its round flat leaves block light, choking out weeds.

Q: Can you cut and replant moneywort?
A: Propagating Moneywort Propagation is super easy, easier still if your moneywort is floating. If you leave your plant floating, it will still grow roots. If you cut off small stem sections with the attached roots, you can plant these in the substrate and they’ll grow fine.

Q: Does moneywort grow in winter?
A: Dwarf moneywort leaves die in winter, but during the growing season are a bright, glossy green, about three-eighths inch long and pointed instead of coin-shaped as in the more familiar species.

Q: Can moneywort grow in low light?
A: Moneywort (unfortunately it’s not the money tree we were all hoping for) is ideal for smaller tanks because it grows to a maximum of 12 inches in height and is able to extend above the water surface of your tank under moderate light conditions.

Q: Can creeping Jenny be overwatered?
A: Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Creeping Jenny, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Q: What is moneywort good for?
A: Moneywort is a flowering plant. It is native to Europe and grown in America and Japan. It The whole plant is used to make medicine. Moneywort is used for diarrhea, eczema (atopic dermatitis), to loosen mucus so it can be coughed up, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.

Q: Can moneywort grow floating?
A: Moneywort can be grown floating and if your tank is particularly deep or you have weak lights, this is probably the best method for growing it. You can also grow it half immersed with some in the water and some of the plant out.

Q: Does moneywort need soil?
A: In fact, these plants can grow hydroponically, or without soil in nutrient-rich water. Beyond that, the plant is fairly flexible in the quality of water. Moneywort can grow in acidic, neutral, or alkaline water, and even grows well in brackish environments.

Q: What kills white moneywort?
A: Prolonged submergence will kill moneywort. At restoration sites, moneywort can be controlled by establishing native grasses to shade it out. Mowing is not effective since moneywort adheres closely to the ground due to its many rooting nodes. Chemical- Several herbicides are effective in controlling moneywort.

Q: Is moneywort fully aquatic?
A: Moneywort Care Guide Sharing is caring! Moneywort, also known simply as Bacopa, is a popular freshwater aquarium plant that is moderately easy to grow. They are slow-growing but can reach heights of several inches tall both in and out of water depending on their placement.

Q: Will moneywort grow floating?
A: Can you float moneywort? Moneywort can be grown floating and if your tank is particularly deep or you have weak lights, this is probably the best method for growing it. You can also grow it half immersed with some in the water and some of the plant out.

Q: What is the most hardy aquarium plant?
A: 1. Java Fern. This plant is nearly indestructible and very forgiving. It grows well even in moderate lighting and is hardy enough to be in aquariums with some very boisterous fish.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.