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Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

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Clump of Marsh Marigolds

The flower is superficially like a buttercup but the green sepals are not present, instead they form the 5 yellow "petals". True petals are absent. There are glossy dark green leaves which are rounded. Also known as King Cups.

Found throughout central and northern Europe. It is abundant in marshy waterlogged regions, often under alder and willow.

This delightful plant grows large island-like clumps in damp to waterlogged soil which are neutral to alkaline. It does not seem to be able to tolerate acidic soil. It is tolerant of some shade but flowers develop before the leaves of willow or alder trees form a canopy over above it. The clumps of plant grow out from rhizomes.


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