Swamp Candles (Lysimachia terrestris)
Swamp Candles (Lysimachia terrestris) is a native wetland plant which produces a cluster of small yellow flowers in summer. Each flower is about 5/8 inches wide, with five narrow yellow petals. Each petal is marked with two red spots on the base. The leaves are lance-shaped, up to four inches long, and usually opposite. The stems are smooth and green. The plant grows 16 to 32 inches in height. Late in the season, red bulblets may form in the leaf axiis.
Swamp Candles are part of the Primrose Family (Primulaceae). The plant is also known as Yellow Loosestrife, Bulbil Loosestrife, Earth Loosestrife, and Bog Loosestrife.
Swamp Candles grow in swamps, marshes, bogs, and wet meadows. This plant can be found in the eastern half of the US and Canada, including New York State. It grows in Manitoba east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, and northwest to Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. It has been introduced into the northwestern US, where it may be found in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
At the Paul Smiths VIC, Swamp Candles may be seen along the banks of Barnum Brook along the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk. This plant usually blooms in this part of the Adirondack Park in late July and early August, depending on the weather.
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