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Caltha palustris (Marsh marigold)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Caltha palustris

Other names

Marsh marigold, Water goggles, Water gowan, Yellow gowan, Water buttercup, Brave bassinets, Boots, Kingcup, Water cowslip, Water dragon, Publicans-and-sinners, Soldier's buttons, Water boots, Meadow cowslip, Publican's cloak, Marybuds, Meadow-bright, Horse blob, May blob, Goldings, Crowfoot, Bull flower, Cow lily

Genus

Caltha Caltha

Species

C. palustris - C. palustris is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, with glossy, rounded, heart-shaped leaves in deep-green and bright yellow flowers forming in clusters.


Caltha palustris is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Dark-yellow in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Caltha palustris (Marsh marigold) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Bog garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Waterside, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in an open site in rich boggy soil at the water's edge in full sun.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Boggy damp conditions

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Caltha palustris

Other names

Marsh marigold, Water goggles, Water gowan, Yellow gowan, Water buttercup, Brave bassinets, Boots, Kingcup, Water cowslip, Water dragon, Publicans-and-sinners, Soldier's buttons, Water boots, Meadow cowslip, Publican's cloak, Marybuds, Meadow-bright, Horse blob, May blob, Goldings, Crowfoot, Bull flower, Cow lily

Genus

Caltha Caltha

Species

C. palustris - C. palustris is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, with glossy, rounded, heart-shaped leaves in deep-green and bright yellow flowers forming in clusters.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Dark-yellow in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Caltha palustris (Marsh marigold) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Bog garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Waterside, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in an open site in rich boggy soil at the water's edge in full sun.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Boggy damp conditions

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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Doing well only a month after planting. Beautiful blooms.

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I planted a couple of these in my pond a few years ago. Its a large pond, about half the size of a football pitch, and it has spread everywhere. It grows like a weed on steroids! It's even gone into… read more

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… read more

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