Caltha palustris
Marsh Marigold

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantRain GardenPart Shade
Marsh Marigold
Caltha palustris

Native to northern states and Canada, this little beauty is at home at pond's edge or along a stream. It is clumping by nature, but can seed in to form a dense groundcover in a consistently moist site. In early spring hundreds of bright yellow buttercup flowers dot the green carpet of glossy foliage. Deer usually leave this alone. Great choice for a rain garden.  Found in marshes, swamps, and wet meadows from North Carolina to Alaska.

Bright yellow flowers early in spring
Nectar source for butterflies and native bees
Provides cover for wildlife like frogs
Seeds are eaten by wood ducks and some gamebirds and chipmunks
Naturalizes and spreads in good conditions

Native Range

Wet woods, swamps, shallow marshes; Newfoundland to Manitoba south to North Dakota Illinois then to North Carolina. (Also from Alaska to the Northwest Territories, south to British Columbia)

Interesting Facts

A small backyard pond would be a perfect setting for this plant. Marsh marigold will attract frogs, dragonflies, birds, and other small animals.


Plant in full sun to light shade in rich soil. Will grow in soil that is wet in spring and drier later in the year though plants may go dormant in summer. Great choice for a rain garden. Will naturalize to form a nice colony.

Mature Size: 12-in. Tall x 12-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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