Marsh marigold

Caltha palustris | Also known as: Water gowan, Water goggles, Yellow gowan, Water buttercup | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

It's a Marigold, for your marshes!

The Marsh Marigold, or Caltha palustris, is a jolly and vibrant plant that sports clusters of dark yellow flowers during the summer. An easy plant to cultivate, she’s a tough little lady, well suited to the harshest of British weather and will thrive in virtually any full sunlight location. Another attraction of planting it is because it’s highly attractive to bees and butterflies, as well as being very low maintenance. It’s also a good plant for boggy areas or at a the edge of a pond or stream, as it loves moist conditions.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.4
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-7
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
Moisture
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
  • water feature
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
Usage
Standard category
  • Aquatic & semiaquatic plants
  • Semiaquatic plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Pond plants
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Pond
Garden spaces
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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