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Botanical Name:
Caltha Palustris

Hardiness Zone:
Zone 2-9

Mature Height:
1 ft

Mature Width:
6 in

Growth Per Year:
1 ft

Light Requirement:
Full Sun

Soil Requirement:
moist to normal

Status: In Stock
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Marsh Marigold – Caltha Palustris

The Many Attributes Of Marsh Marigold Plants

The Marsh Marigold, also known as Cowslip, is a variety of perennial Buttercup flowers that grow in the wild throughout much of the northern regions of North America. Its scientific name is Caltha palustris L. Growing naturally in the cold, wet areas of southern Alaska, southern Canada, and the United States Mid-West, these Marsh Marigolds are beautifully abundant and make an excellent, eye-popping addition to any garden.

These flowers are considered succulents, meaning they have thick limbs and leaves that retain a great deal of water within them. The plant consists of large sheets, roughly the size of its flowers. The leaves have a thick, waxy texture, and are contoured similarly to the slightly curved, wrapping shape of a cloverleaf.

The stems are thick and allow the plant to grow to roughly 1 to 2 feet tall, naturally. The succulent composure of the Marsh Marigold is, as its name implies because it is often seen growing in wet, marshy areas, seemingly floating in the water. They grow outward in a semi-round, mound-shaped structure.

The outside of the plant hosts large clusters of small, 5 petaled flowers. The flowers are a smooth, buttercup yellow with a series of stems in the center holding pollen. They are perennials, which means that the plant continues to host its bright and colorful flowers and leaves well after the blooming season. Mostly, as long as the Marsh Marigold remains healthy and well-established, it should stay looking relatively the same year-round.

The significant part about this cold-hardened plant is that, even in winter, you will still be able to enjoy its soft, lustrous, gleaming yellow flowers. The texture, combined with its low maintenance and generally bright and healthy appearance might leave you and others wondering if those are even real flowers, or if you planted some plastic re-creations from a local arts and crafts store.


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The Marsh Marigold grows well in moist soils and has lots of yellow colors. It grows in wet places including marshes swamps ditches and wet woods.  The stems are hollow, and the flowers show during the early spring and last until late summer.