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Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold

Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet

Soil Type: Sand-Loam, Loam, Loam-Clay, Gravely if the soil retains water

Height: 2 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Blooms: April, May, June

Root: Fibrous

Habitat: Various wetlands, including vernal pools in low woodlands, swamps, soggy meadows in river floodplains, marshes, fens, seeps and springs, and ditches.

Landscape uses: Rain garden, Low area garden (soggy soil), Pond edges

Complimentary Plants: Turtlehead, Cardinal Flower, Blue Flag Iris

Wildlife Value: The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract flies and bees primarily. Birds eat the seeds.

Seed Origin: Blue Mountains, ON

Germination Code: C(60)


Photo credits: #1 by ihaerringer, #2 by Robert S Remie

Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold

  • Marsh Marigold grows in all types of sun conditions, but needs wet soil to thrive. It occurs in many different wetlands environments, and will do well in a garden setting with moist soil or in a wet naturalized area such as a drainage seep. Growth and development begin early in this spring blooming wildlfower. The foliage is acidic so mammalian herbivores generally avoid it.

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