Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

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Caltha palustris
Marsh Marigold
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

A succulent wildflower, growing to a height of 30 - 60 cm.


Marsh Marigold Distinguishing Features - Leaves: dark green, glossy, heart- or kidney-shaped, basal, 5 - 17.5 cm wide, stalked, dark green, shallowly toothed. Flowers: yellow, 2.5 - 3.8 cm wide; 5 to 9 petal-like sepals; numerous stamens and pistils; flowering late-April to June. Fruit: in a whorl, each fruit splitting open along one side.


Native across Canada; south through New England to North Carolina; west to Tennessee, Iowa and Nebraska; in swamps, marshes and wet meadows; beside streams and pomds.


The flowers of this plant resemble large Buttercups. The leaves can be used as potherbs but require several short boilings with changes of water between; not to be eaten raw.

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