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Marsh Marigold
Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) Other common names: Cowslip, Yellow Marsh Marigold

French names: Populage des marais

Family: Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Similar species:
  •   Buttercups & Crowfoots - Their flowers are a lot smaller.


Flowers: Spring;  Yellow;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Simple

Habitat: Wet Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 204   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Quite common.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: palustris: of swamps, marshes


See Also:
  •   Lesser Celandine: Marsh Menace, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney


Photographs: 248 photographs available, of which 11 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigolds grow in wet areas. Here is a nice clump of them.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

The bright yellow flowers are quite photogenic, especially after a long winter!

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigold flower.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigolds may be found growing just about anywhere there is water and sun.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Flower buds.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

A Marsh Marigold leaf.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Opened Marsh Marigold seed pods.

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Typical Marsh Marigold habitat.


Range map for Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)