Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Wet / Boggy
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Overview

This lovely plant of wet meadows and water margins will actually grow in most situations, provided the soil does not stay bone-dry for too long. Each stem has several 2" buttercup flowers, above large glossy round leaves.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Can be grown in shallow water round the edge of a pond. It also makes a good bog garden plant, and grows well in borders.

Growing in Britain since before the Ice Age and traditionally hung on doors to ward off lightning and witches.

Height and Spread: 30cm x 30cm

Common name(s): Marsh Marigold; King Cups; Cow Slops; Water Blobs; Golden Cups; Crazy Betty; Molly Blobs.



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All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter and early spring, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.
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