Dotted Yellow Loostrife, Muckross Head, Donegal by George Row

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  1. 20 th September 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  1. 17th Feb 12 Sold as a Greetings Card

I photographed this striking spike of yellow flowers in a rocky area on the margin of a beach on Muckross Head in South West Donegal, Ireland.

I wasn’t sure at first what it was. I checked several wild flower reference books and searched the internet. The only yellow spikes that I could find were Mullein and Agrimony but while they are five petaled the petals seem a different shape from this flower.

I thought that it might be Mullein – but wasn’t really convinced. There are lots of sub-varieties of Mullein so I thought perhaps it was one of those that had specialized itself for a sea-shore environment that I was yet to find in the references.

So, and here is the RedBubble success story I added the photograph to the RedBubble group: ID Me and within an hour I had a suggestion from an Australian RB member, Yeuxdechat, that he thought that it might be something like Yellow Loostrife.

I know Purple Loostrife I see a lot of it … but wasn’t even aware that there was a yellow variety! So I went back to the wildflower books and websites and pretty soon I was sure that this was Dotted Loostrife.

In January 2011 the ID me group had a challenge for natural subjects that had been identified, called Identified and the group hosts chose this flower as the signature image of the challenge. With that advantage behind it, this photograph won the challenge! :-)

Botanical name: Lysimachia punctata

It is part of the Primrose Family(Primulaceae). It is a perennial herb growing from rhizomes. It grows to a height of 30–100 cm (12–40 in.). With an erect unbranching stem.

The flowers are yellow, with a darker redish-brown centre. They are 12–20 mm (0.5–0.8 in.) wide with five petals. The leaves are elliptical with pointy ends with fine hairs on the underside.

It grows in roadsides, ditches, wasteland. Flowering time: June–September.

This photograph is part of my postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card

History of Image on RedBubble

  1. 20 th September 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  2. 19 th April 2014 Achieved its Sixth feature in the group MAGIC OF THE CAMERA
  1. 11 th February 2014 View Count reached 2,000
  2. 30 th August 2013 Achieved its fifth feature in the group Gorgeous Flower Cards
  3. 16th December 2012 view count reached exactly 1,000
  4. 4th March 2012 view count reached 544
  5. 25th Feb 2012 view count reached 520 (rejected by the 500 views group)
  6. 17th Feb 12 Sold as a Greetings Card
  7. 13th Aug 2011 featured in Nature Photography Challenge for a second time
  8. 14th July 2011 featured in Nature Photography Challenge
  9. 14th July 2011 view count reached 202
  10. 12th July 2011 Joint 1st place in Something Yellow challenge in “Challenge Corner”
  11. 11th July 2011 Joint 1st place in Blooms Beginning With ‘L’ challenge
  12. 14th Jan 2011 view count reached 101
  13. 19th Nov 2010 featured in Wildflowers of the World
  14. 15th November 2010 uploaded to RedBubble


Techie Photography detail:
    Image Mode: Raw
    Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm),
    Camera: Canon 5d
    Exposure: f3.5 1/640


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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous yellow flower. Sorry, not sure of name. I am curious now??

  • Ginger, Thanks we got the identity thanks to Yeuxdechat on the ID Me group George

    – George Row

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...almost 4 years ago

    Hi George,
    Congratulations on your beautiful flower? I’m not saying that these two are the same spices but thy look as thy could be from the same family. As the “Thelymitra Sun Orchid”
    Cheers Hans

  • Hans, Thanks for the suggestion, we got the identity of the yellow flower in the end, thanks to Yeuxdechat on the ID Me group George

    – George Row

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    I’m not sure it’s either George, I checked the Ireland wildflowers guide I linked in the forum. The flowers are more like Mullein, I think if you have a shot of the leaves, you can tell better. It’s not Agrimony

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    We’ll leave it in moderation until we can find out the name of this wildflower! It is a gorgeous flower all the same!!

  • Blair, thanks to help from Yeuxdechat on the ID me group we have now identified this flower. George

    – George Row

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyalmost 4 years ago

    niece set – mq

  • Mike, Thanks George

    – George Row

  • yeuxdechat
    yeuxdechatalmost 4 years ago

    Hmmmm…. Definitely not Mullein nor Orchid. I would suggest Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris), although I am not 100% sure. Lovely photo BTW! :)

  • Yeuxdechat, THANK YOU! Once you started me on the Loosestrife trail I pretty soon found “Dotted Loostrife” Botanical name: Lysimachia punctata I am pretty certain that is what we have here. Thanks for the help. George

    – George Row

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    wow, finally!!! George.
    This is fantastic to have a name for this beautiful wildflower. Persistence works!

  • Vickie, Thanks for your suggestions earlier. Yes I think the combination of persistence, knowledgeable people and the internet can usually get there in the end! George

    – George Row

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...almost 4 years ago

    Outstanding! Glad to know our group is helping to answer questions we weren’t able to do on our own. :o)
    What a beautiful plant! I’d have gone with a type of Mullein myself jst from the look.

  • Carla, Thank you for hosting the “Id Me” group. Your group is the sort of forum where we can benefit from combining knowledgeable people and internet information sources and that is a powerful combination for the rest of us to call upon! George

    – George Row

  • yeuxdechat
    yeuxdechatalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you! I always enjoy a good challenge!

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent! Well done to yeuxdechat!!!! Our RB Garden Guru!!!!

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