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Caltha palustris (Marsh marigold)
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Caltha palustris

Marsh marigold

Native to northern states and Canada, this little beauty is at home at pond's edge or along a stream. It is clumping by nature, but can seed in to form a dense groundcover in a consistently moist site. In early spring, hundreds of bright yellow buttercup flowers dot the green carpet of cordate foliage. Deer usually leave this alone! Found in marshes, swamps, and wet meadows from North Carolina to Alaska.

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8-12 Inches


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Marsh marigold Interesting Notes

The conspicuous bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers of marsh marigold brighten the edges of ponds, stream banks and bog gardens in early to mid-spring. Its glossy green, kidney-shaped leaves grow to 12-18” and the entire plant can die to the ground by mid-summer. Caltha palustris performs best when planted in full sun to filtered shade in wet, humus-rich soils. Associated woody plants include Acer rubrumBetula alleghaniensis, and Fraxinus nigra. Herbaceous companions might include Symplocarpus foetidusArisaema triphyllumLobelia siphiliticaChelone lyonii, Dryopteris celsa, Osmunda regalisWoodwardia areolata and Thelypteris palustris. - Mt. Cuba Center

Caltha palustris Growing and Maintenance Tips

Caltha palustris likes moist conditions and rich soils. It is most at home near a pond or stream, but can be happy in a low area that stays wet most of the time. Marsh marigolds do tolerate periods of drought, but will go dormant, losing all their leaves.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated