This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol2-4", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
1. Moneywort (Lysimachia Nunimularia, L.). 2. Scorpion Grass (Myosotis scorpioides, L.). 3. Water Figwort (Scrophularia aquatica, L.). 4. Musk (Mimulus Langsdorffii, Donn.). 5. Brooklime (Veronica Beccabunga, L.). 6. Water Mint (Mentha aquatica, L.).
There are no insect or fungal pests.
Nummularia, Dodonaeus, is from the Latin nummus, coin, from the shape of the leaves.
This graceful plant is known by the name of Creeping Jenny, Twopenny Grass, Herb Twopence, Meadow-runagates, Money-wort, Motherwort, Strings of Sovereigns, Twopence, Wandering Jenny, Wandering Sailor. Turner invented the name Herb Twopence, "because it hath two and two leaves standing together of ech syde of the stalke lyke pence".
Fable has it that it attracted serpents, and they were said to heal themselves with it when wounded, perhaps because of its trailing serpentine growth (by Doctrine of Signatures). It is commonly cultivated in gardens but seldom produces seed. The leaves have a slightly astringent taste or are slightly acid. They used to be recommended for scurvy and other diseases of the blood.
Essential Specific Characters:202. Lysimachia Nummularia, L. - Stem prostrate, creeping, leaves shiny, orbicular, shortly petioled, flowers large, yellow, solitary, axillary, filaments connected at the base, glandular.