Marsh Marigold

Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

This water-loving plant produces large, vivid yellow buttercup-like flowers. The large green leaves are heart-shaped with long stalks.

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris leaves

It flowers March to June, and is found growing in clumps in damp places, including marshes, bogs, stream margins and pools. Common and widespread.

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

April 2012, local canal, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012.

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7 thoughts on “Marsh Marigold

  1. When I first looked at this, I thought, “Buttercup!” because the resemblance is so strong. Then, I wondered if they were native here in Texas. The answer to that is, “No.”

    But while I was reading about the flower, I found one vernacular name in the UK is “cowslip.” From the poem, I decided Shakespeare was talking about a different flower (those “spots” were the clue), and indeed, I found that “other” cowsilp. Still, this is so nice I’ll leave it anyway. There are a lot of people dreaming of midsummer nights, so why not?

    “OVER hill, over dale,
    Thorough bush, thorough brier,
    Over park, over pale,
    Thorough flood, thorough fire,
    I do wander everywhere,
    Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
    And I serve the fairy queen,
    To dew her orbs upon the green;
    The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
    In their gold coats, spots you see;
    These be rubies, fairy favors—
    In those freckles live their savors.
    I must go seek some dewdrops here,
    And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.”

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  2. We get these, too, and they’re so wonderful to see glowing from a dark streambank in early spring. (But be careful, because they are a skin irritant and toxic!)

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