Feb. 17, 2018

swamp candles, Lysimachia terrestris

Swamp candles do indeed light up the wetlands. The half-inch flowers grow in spikes on three foot plants. The plants tend to grow in colonies. It's not unusual to see large patches that stand out among the other herbs in an open wetland. Swamp candle flowers produce oil rather than nectar. They nonetheless attract bees for pollination. They also reproduce by developing bulblets in late season leaf axils. Swamp candles grow in CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IL, KY(E), LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN(E), VA, VT, WA, WI, WV. BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. The northwestern range resulted from introduction in cultivated cranberry farms. Schoolcraft Co MI, 7/11/14.