Lysimachia hybrida (Lowland Yellow Loosestrife)

Plant Info
Also known as: Hybrid Loosestrife, Lance-leaved Loosestrife
Family:Myrsinaceae (Myrsine)
Life cycle:perennial
Habitat:part shade, sun; wetlands, wet meadows, riverbanks, pond edges
Bloom season:July - August
Plant height:1 to 3 feet
Wetland Indicator Status:GP: OBL MW: OBL NCNE: OBL
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Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: 5-petals Cluster type: whorled

[photo of flowers] Nodding yellow flowers ¾ to 1 inch across on slender stalks ¾ to 1½ inches long, arising from leaf axils in the upper stem and branches, typically 1 flower per axil, rarely more. The 5 petals are nearly round, often with ragged or fringed edges, with a sharp, narrow point at the tip and 5 lance shaped sepals at the back that are about ¾ as long as the petals. The 5 stamens have crescent shaped tips that are yellow to light reddish brown and surround a single, slender style in the center. The center is often ringed a light rusty red but not always.

Leaves and stems: Leaf attachment: opposite Leaf attachment: whorl Leaf type: simple

[photo of whorled leaves] Leaves are opposite, sometimes whorled in 2 or 3 pairs in the upper plant, generally lance to elliptic, 1½ to 3¾ inches long and ½ to ¾ inch wide, gently tapered to a dull tip, rounded to wedge-shaped at the base, on a short (sometimes very short) stalk. The underside is only slightly lighter green than the upper surface.

[photo of leaf node] The lower leaf stalk is edged in short stiff hairs, which are densest at the stem between the leaf pairs. Stem and branches are otherwise hairless, branches numerous and typically longer than the subtending leaf. Early plants are more tightly columnar with flowers along entire stem but as branches develop and extend beyond the leaves, the plant takes on a more open, panicle like form. In favorable conditions colonies can form via its thickened rhizomes.


Lowland Yellow Loosestrife is most common in east central and scattered in western Minnesota and can be easily confused with Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata), which is more prevalent and widespread throughout the state. The most distinguishing characteristics of L. hybrida are its narrower leaves that have fewer hairs, which are more concentrated towards the stem attachment, and by its more open branch habit. The whorled leaves may cause it to be confused with Whorled Loosestrife (L. quadrifolia), which has star-shaped flowers and broader leaves whorled along the entire stem, not just near the top. Sometimes known as L. lanceolata var. hybrida, Lowland Yellow Loosestrife also closely resembles Lance-leaved Loosestrife (L lanceolata), which has leaves paler on the underside than the upper surface. L. lanceolata is not uncommon in Wisconsin but has not been recorded in Minnesota, though it may well be present here, most likely in the southeast counties.

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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Sucker Lake, Ramsey County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Chisago County.


Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it?

Posted by: Mary Florence - In my yard on the border of Lake Elmo/Oakdale
on: 2016-07-14 10:37:41

There is only one plant, which may have arrived as a seed in some topsoil that was brought in following construction. I pulled it, thinking it was one of the many undesirable weeds I had been clearing around the edge of a garden. It came out with the root intact and so far has been happy in a vase of water, so I intend to replant it where it will be safe from disturbance.

Posted by: valerie koens - Excelsior
on: 2022-02-22 08:36:41

This plant was growing in the garden of a house I bought. It looked lovely when in bloom but soon small whitish worms appeared and quickly ate the leaves, leaving a bare, ugly looking plant. Also, when I learned that it was a loosestrife, I immediately thought of the purple variety which is supposed to be very invasive in MN. So I pulled out the plant. Now that I'm reading more on native plantings, I find that the yellow variety is native and good to have! Perhaps what I thought were destructive worms were really caterpillars that I should have been feeding! Any thoughts on this?

Posted by: K. Chayka
on: 2022-02-22 10:27:34

Lysimachia species are host plants for some moths as well as other insects.

Posted by: Kayla Skjaret - Clearbrook MN
on: 2023-06-17 11:51:41

I have found it growing next to my trailer house in between Clearbrook and Gonvick MN. I plan to move it to my garden for this year until I have more permanent home for it.

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