Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold is an excellent choice for a water garden, a bog garden, along the verges of a pond or stream or to naturalize in low-lying areas. Marsh marigold is one of the first signs of spring with its bright yellow flowers in wet soils. The flowers look like oversized buttercups and the stems branch, and they are limp and hollow. Upper stem leaves are smaller and stalkless. Marsh Marigolds may be found growing just about anywhere there is water and sun.
Botanical Name: Caltha palustris
Nom Français: Populage des marais

Features

Bloom colour: Yellow
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees | Bumble bees
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 2 feet (70 cm)
Newfoundland to British Columbia
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3 to 7

The Yellow marsh-marigold, also known as "King cup," is a mounded perennial in Canada and North America native to wet meadows, swamps, marshes, fens, and stream margins from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Its bloom time is April to May.

Planting

Stream and pond edges, marshes, meadows
Water requirement: This plant likes very moist soil.
Wet conditions, mucky soil
Seeds should be sown immediately after ripening and should not be allowed to dry out. They will not flower until the third year of germination.
Pest and disease resistant.

Care

For the most abundant flowering, choose full sun. However, if your area is subject to harsh, hot, punishing sunlight in the partial summertime shade is preferred. Fertilizing is not usually necessary.
1-3 feet tall.

Pruning

Spread: Round or kidney-shaped leaves may be as large as 7″ inches across
No regular pruning or maintenance is needed. Trim off dead leaves and flowers. Reproducews rapidlyby division.

Considerations

Flowers attract pollinators.
Native to Canada
Leaves are poisonous to livestock and humans.

Styling and Use

Marsh Marigold is an excellent choice for a water garden, a bog garden, along the verges of a pond or stream or to naturalize in low-lying areas. Cooked, early spring leaves are edible following 2-3 changes of boiling water until barely tender. Tightly closed buds can also be boiled using the same method and pickled.
Hibiscus, Ligularia and other plants that prefer moist soils.

Other

Despite safety concerns, some people use marsh marigold for menstrual pain, bronchitis, jaundice and liver disorders.

History

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