Caltha palustris

Common name: Marsh Marigold

Native plant

A small, nearly prostrate growing plant with classic, bright yellow buttercup flowers.  Its shiny, rounded heart-shaped, dark green leaves are a delight, even when not in bloom. It attracts many pollinators, with primary visitors being bees and flies.  This plant prefers part shade, and must have adequate moisture if placed in full sun.  In the right conditions, it will form small colonies.  

Available in quarts.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring


Requires Protected Site, Floodplain

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Colonizing

General information

Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet
Flower color

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot Rain garden suited

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