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Re: Re: What pond plant is this?

Message from Edyta

In forum: Identify a plant

yep, caltha palustris

  • Posted: Tue. 28th May 2013 14:36

Re: What pond plant is this?

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

Looks like caltha palustris.

  • Posted: Mon. 27th May 2013 16:46

Caltha palustris

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Caltha palustris

The name Caltha derives from the Greek word calathos meaning a cup or goblet, and refers to the shape of the flowers. The specific name comes from the Latin word palus meaning a marsh.This welcome early flush of cheer is reflected in the large number of colloquial names it has attracted, including kingcup, mollyblobs, water-bubbles, and may blobs, although it may flower as early as March or April.It is an early pollen source for a variety of insects, and provides good shelter for frogs and other pondside creatures.

  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2009 09:24

My Wildlife Pond

Comment from Joanne 9919

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Well I finally got my small pond in and decided on the plants for it. I chose Typha Minima - Mini Bulrush, Mimulus Luteus - Monkey Musk, Caltha Palustris - Marsh Marigold and Oenanthe Japonica Flamingo - Variegated Water Celery.

I thought I would show you a picture of it.


  • Posted: Fri. 17th April 2009 13:22

Too many lovely plants....

Message from Georgie

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Thanks for your suggestion, Peter, but I've already bought my plants. In the end I went for Caltha palustris, Veronica beccabunga and Typha minima. I might still get Stratiotes aloides as well if I can squeeze it in! Here's a photo I took after I planted it up last weekend.

  • Posted: Sun. 29th March 2009 16:39

Wildlife border

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi, Jo
What fun planning a new border!
I have a few suggestions that might work, but they are based on the assumption that the border is not too wet (even thought near the pond)?
A couple of low-growers to attract wildlife(I tried to keep all suggestions under 60 cm) could be:
- Hyssopus officinalis - up to 60cm wth narrow, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of purple-blue flowers from midsummer to early autumn. Thrives on chalky soils nad is drought tolerant
- Most Thyme
- Alllium schoenoprasum - Chives - A favourite spring bloomer of mine and great in the kitchen, too. No bigger than 60cm, though usually shorter.
- Allium cristophii
- Allium sphaerocephalon - I admit, this gets taller than 60cm, but it is a 'see-through' plant - the foliage is low to the ground and the flowers are on long, thin stalks that rise above the foliage of lower-growing plants - I love these!
- If cats aren't a problem, what about Nepeta?
- Sedum 'Herbstfreude' or any other similar cultivar is great for attracting wildlife in autumn.
- Any prostrate, cascading Rosemary will attract loads of bees in flower.
- Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud' - Lesser Calamint is a favourite of bees, too.
- Dwarf Monardas - there are some cultivars of Bee Balm (Bergamot) that stay under 50cm - 'Pink Lace', 'Fireball', 'Pink Supreme' are just a few - a definite butterfly magnet. Just watch out for powdery mildew on them.

If the ground closest to the pond is at all moist, have you considered Caltha palustris (a favourite pond/marginal plant of mine).

I hope this short list is of some use. If I think of any others, I will be sure to add to the list. Hopefully some other members will be able to add to it, too.
Happy planning and planting and please let me know what you choose.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Wed. 18th March 2009 21:19

Wildlife pond ideas

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi, Georgie. What fun planning a wildlife pond! And so rewarding when you see frogs, tadpoles, etc around after all of your hard work.
Given the size feature you have, it will take some maintenance to keep whatever you choose in check so it doesn't choke your feature. Caltha palustris (one of my favs!!) is a great choice to plant around the outside edges, as long as it is kept moist. Menyanthes can certainly be used in the pond, but will need thinning out so it doesn't overwhelm the space it is in. Another floating option (though maybe not so decorative) is Lemna triculca - Ivy-leaved duckweed/Star duckweed - related to the dreaded duck weed but not as invasive - is a UK native and is supposed to be good at controlling algae in small ponds. I'm thinking the Stratiotes might be too big a choice for the size you have, but you could try one and see how it goes.
Hope this has been helpful and do let me know how you get on!

  • Posted: Wed. 4th February 2009 17:08

New wildlife pond

Question from Georgie

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

I am in the process of installing a new wildlife pond. As my garden is only small I'm using a poly resin container 44cm in diameter and 10cm deep which I have sunk into the soil. I'm now looking to buy a couple of native plants to add to it (marginals or floaters) and have come up with the following short list:

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
Watermint (Mentha aquatica)
Brooklime (Veronica beccabunga)
Water Soldier (Stratiotes aloides)

I'd be interested in your thoughts about which two to select and why.


  • Posted: Tue. 3rd February 2009 17:58