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Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold, King Cup)

Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Spring), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Caltha palustris Description

Caltha is a native herbaceous flower, being a member of the buttercup family. It produces large impressive buttercup like blossoms in spring alongside side lush dark green foliage. Ideal for planting along ditch or ponds to soften edge - often being planted in naturalistic bog gardens along with other moisture loving plants.


Caltha palustris - Cultivation Notes

Caltha flourishes in permanently water logged or wet soils - so can be planted in wet ditches, or the margins of ponds or within boggy areas. However it will not flourish in soils that switch between being water logged and dry as they require permanent moist soils. Marsh Marigold prefers a spot in full to part sun.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Caltha palustris:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Caltha palustris:

  • Winter/early spring flowering herbaceous plant for early colour and extended seasonal interest

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Common Missspellings: Calfa, Calpha, Calther, Calpher, Kaltha, Kalpher

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