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Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

$12.00
Item #:
800629
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Item #:
800629
Availability:
Currently not available.

Description

North American mid to late spring blooming, herbaceous perennial
Description:  Bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers contrast nicely with glossy green foliage
Habit:  Grows 12" to 18" high and wide; spreads by seed and rhizomes; rounded leaves on long stems reach up to 7" across after flowers fade
Culture:  Flowers best in full sun, but appreciates part shade during the summer months; prefers moist, boggy soil and can grow in shallow water
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 3 through 7
Origin:  North America
Attributes:  Water garden, edible, deer resistant

The Marsh Marigold has long been recommended for water gardens.  In The English Flower Garden, first published in 1883, William Robinson notes "[it] shines like fire in swamps and hollows grey", and finds all Caltha species most effective when planted "in groups and bold masses."  Elias Long included this species in a list of water garden plants, along with other natives such as Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and the Pink Bog Orchid (Calopogon tuberosus), in Ornamental Gardening for Americans (1893).  Flower buds can be used as a caper substitute, and the young leaves can be boiled and eaten (DO NOT eat any part raw). zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7

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