Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold
A fleshy, herbaceous plant which grows in shady, wet conditions. Often found in swamps, wet woods, and along streams. In the Northeast, marsh marigold is one of the earliest herbaceous plants to sprout in the spring. It has very showy, yellow flowers that attract a wide variety of insects. Due to the cup-like shape of its seed pods, seeds are often dispersed by rain drops pinging them out into the water or mud below. Young leaves and buds may be boiled and eaten in moderation but can be toxic if not properly prepared or if large quantities are consumed.
A succulent plant with broad, heart-shaped leaves, hollow stems, and which grows in a clumping habit. Flowers are yellow and buttercup-like.
Wet or standing water
Muddy, rich, acidic soils
Intolerant, Full Sun
Occurs throughout the New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, and Canada, south to North Carolina, west to Kansas, and throughout the west coast of the United States.
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