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Lysimachia quadrifolia

Common Name(s):
Whorled loosestrife
Category:
Wildflowers
Comment:

Five-petaled yellow flowers with red at the base arise on long pedicles from leaf axils. Leaves are whorled, and despite the species name there may be 3-6 leaves per whorl.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Lysimachia support the following specialized beesMacropis (Macropis) ciliataMacropis (Macropis) patellataand Macropis (Macropis) steironematis.

Season:
Summer
Height:
1-3 ft.
Foliage:
Whorls of normally four lance-shaped stalkless leaves, 1.5 to 3.5 in. long; simple, smooth or sparingly hairy stems
Flower:
Star-like 5-petaled yellow flowers have a reddish center; .5 in. across; flowers borne on thread-like stalk arising from the leaf axils
Site:
Dry to moist soil; sun; open woodlands, thickets
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, bees, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2653

Lysimachia quadrifolia Lysimachia quadrifolia
Nicholas Turland, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Lysimachia quadrifolia Lysimachia quadrifolia bloom detail
Nicholas Turland, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0