Evergreen, flowering pennywort for a pretty riparian zone
The native, frost-resistant pennywort "Lysimachia nummularia" adorns itself with bright green, distinctive foliage and pretty yellow flowers. It owes its name to the small, round leaves that resemble pennies or mint. As the mint grows quickly, it often hides pond edges and bare, naked patches. It reaches heights of 5 to 10 centimetres. The ground-covering shoots, which can be up to half a metre long, quickly form small roots that give the soil support. It is easy to keep the herb within the fence. Because the pennywort is hardy and retains its foliage in mild winters, it brings life to the garden even in the cold season with its attractive greenery. Recently, aquarium enthusiasts have discovered this attractive marsh plant. In cold-water aquariums, which offer water temperatures below 25 C, it removes the excess nutrients from the water and thus the basis for algae.
What are the requirements of Münzkraut?
Pennywort is extremely easy to care for. Originally, it was only found in the temperate climate zones of Europe and Asia. In these regions it is only found in the lowlands and up to 1,300 metres above sea level. From there it began its triumphal march around the world. The ground cover likes damp or alternating damp places in the shore area or a watery spot in the garden as well as planting beds. It even likes wet meadows. With sufficient watering, it thrives in full sun. If this is not permanently guaranteed, it should be planted in light shade or partial shade. It makes hardly any demands on the soil itself. When you buy pennywort, you do not need to worry about the pH value or nutrient content of the soil. Pennywort thrives in acidic to alkaline as well as in poor to nutrient-rich soil substrates.
Aparent flowering ornament in bright yellow
The pretty, yellow flowers of the pennywort appear from May to July. They are calyx-like and stick out boldly from the green foliage. Insects love and pollinate them. After some time, capsules form on the withered leaves.
Pennywort is more than just a ground cover, hillside weed and pretty flower!
The pennywort, also called münzkraut, hellerkraut, Wundkraut or Tausendkrankheitskraut, is an ancient medicinal plant. In the early days, it was used for the treatment of poorly healing wounds and skin problems. Ancient herbals describe its use against lung ailments. Today, pennywort is used in alternative medicine. There it is said to alleviate nourishing, scaly skin changes.
Buy pennywort and create unique arrangements
A particularly beautiful contrast can be created by combining pennywort with, for example, blue meadow irises or gillyweed. In this way, the pennywort embellishes ponds, hanging baskets and flowerbeds and is an ideal underplanting for tall perennials.
For one square metre we recommend buying about 12 plants
The plants are grown in pots, so you can use the Lysimachia nummularia all year round.