What flower is that?

Swamp Candles
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2011

This month’s mystery plant is a perennial with racemes of five-parted yellow flowers. The petals are streaked with dark lines. The leaves are lance-shaped, opposite and punctate. In addition to producing seeds, the plants also reproduce asexually by way of bulbils which develop in the axils of the leaves. These bulbils fall to the ground and develop into new plants. The plants grow one to about two feet tall in wet soil, in sun or shade, but the flowers are most showy in open, wet areas. The flowers bloom from late June through August.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Lysimachia terrestris
Common Name:
  Swamp Candles, Bulbil Loosestrife
Family:
  Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
Habitat:
  Wet areas in open swamps or bogs

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