Caltha palustris
Marsh Marigold Plant
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Hardiness Zone: 3-7 Height: 0.3-0.45 metres; 1-1.5 feet Spread: 0.3-0.45 metres; 1-1.5 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Wet Bloom Colour: Yellow Tolerates: Deer; Wet soil Culture: Grow in full sun to part shade in shallow water at the margins of a pond or water garden or in wet, boggy soils. Best flowering usually occurs in full sun, but plants appreciate part shade in the heat of the summer. If sited in full sun in hot summer climates, plants may go dormant in summer. Grows well in clay soils, spreading to form large colonies. Noteworthy Characteristics: Marsh marigold is a rhizomatous perennial belonging to the buttercup family. Its shiny yellow flowers indeed look very much like buttercups. Flower buds may be cooked and pickled in vinegar for use as a substitute for capers. Young leaves are also edible as cooked greens when boiled. No part of this plant should ever be eaten raw. Garden Uses: Water or bog gardens. Pond edges. Ground cover.