Marigold – Marsh

Also known as Cowslip

Caltha palustris

Family Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
Bloom Spring
Habitat Swamps, marshes, edges of streams and lakes
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-2′
Flower Many conspicuous bright yellow flowers about 1″ wide with 5-9 petals.
Leaf Leaves are round, shiny, toothless basal leaves 2-7″ wide with long stalks and a deep notch where the stalk attaches. Upper leaves are stalkless.
Notes Plants are more likely to be found in colonies blanketing somewhat extensive areas rather than as individual plants. The common name comes from the fact that the plant grew on the hummocks and cows slipped on it when they went to the stream to drink.


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