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Caltha palustris

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Marsh Marigold

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The conspicuous bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers of marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) brighten the edges of ponds, stream banks, and bog gardens in early to mid spring. Its glossy green, kidney-shaped leaves can reach 7” across and plants typically grow 12-18” tall. Marsh marigold performs best when planted in wet, humus-rich soils in full sun, however, during midsummer the plants may go dormant. Planting in filtered to partial shade can help to prevent marsh marigold from going dormant. Associated woody plants and companions include red maple (Acer rubrum), yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis), and black ash (Fraxinus nigra). Herbaceous companions include skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Lyon’s turtlehead (Chelone lyonii), log fern(Dryopteris celsa), royal fern (Osmunda regalis), netted chain fern (Lorinseria areolata) and eastern marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris). Zones 3-7. 

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