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The large yellow flowers and shiny foliage are reasonably attractive, although the stems of this plant have a tendency to sprawl chaotically. Among the various plants that are vines, Moneywort is easy to identify because of the pairs of cute round leaves and relatively large flowers that resemble the flowers of many Oenothera spp. (Evening Primroses). None of the other Lysimachia spp. (Loosestrifes) that occur in the wild in Illinois have a vine-like habit and such round leaves. Unlike the Evening Primroses, the stigma of Moneywort is a tiny knob, rather than cross-shaped. Another common name for this plant is Creeping Jenny.

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