Plant Profile: Marsh Marigolds

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M is for Marsh Marigolds.  It’s time for Alphabe-Thursday and time to continue sharing some blooms to cheer us up over the winter.

Marsh marigolds, cowslips or caltha palustris are lovely yellow blooming perennial plants that grow in shallow water near marshy or swampy areas. A few years ago we ventured into the swampy, mucky area close to our house to dig a clump of these lovely flowers. The plants grow 45 to 60 cm. high and the flowers are about 4 cm. across. We successfully transplanted it into a swampy area in our garden which is also home to cat tails, and other types of wetland grasses.

Look for them as you are out driving when you come upon a wetland area.  One area by us has many, many clumps and it sure is cheery to see the yellow blooms after the winter.
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The plant was just beginning to appear in the marshy area of the garden last spring.  We only started out with 1 plant but it has self seeded itself to another marshy area where 2 more thriving plants are growing.
The rounded buds open up to lovely bright yellow blooms.
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I’ll be checking in a few weeks to see if the plants are growing this year.

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