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Marsh Marigold

Scientific name

Caltha palustris


Marsh Marigold is an attractive perennial wildflower that grows between 30-45 cm tall. The leaves are mostly basal, heart or round shaped, shiny, dark green in colour, and have toothed margins. The flowers are showy, yellow, buttercup-like, have 5-9 petal like sepals, grow on the ends of hollow stems, and bloom between April and June. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, like bees and butterflies. Marsh Marigold is actually not related to the Marigold, but belongs to the Buttercup family.

Planting conditions

Marsh Marigold grows best in wet or moist conditions with full to partial sun exposure. It prefers poorly-drained, organically rich loam or humus soil types. This wildflower can be naturally found in wet meadows, around swamps/marshes, along lake shorelines, and on stream banks.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 30-45 cm
  • Spread:
    • 50 cm