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Caltha - Marsh Marigolds

Prized for their early spring flowers, Caltha (Marsh Marigold) are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials boasting white or yellow flowers and made up entirely of sepals with numerous stamens. They enjoy a round, mounding habit and grow in clumps in moist to wet, boggy soils. These marginal water plants thrive at the edge or margin of ponds and streams. In cooler climates, they grow from spring through fall, while in warmer climates, they may die back to the ground in summer.

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Caltha leptosepala (Western Marsh Marigold)

Sprouting up along receding snowbanks, Caltha leptosepala (Western Marsh Marigold) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial prized for its buttercup-like, white flowers, 1.4 in. (4 cm), adorned with masses of yellow stamens.

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Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold)

Awakening the pond in spring, Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial prized for its clusters of brilliant yellow flowers, up to 2 in. (5 cm), resembling buttercups.

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Caltha polypetala (Giant Marsh Marigold)

Resembling giant buttercups, Caltha polypetala (Giant Marsh Marigold)) is a herbaceous perennial prized for its clusters of large, brilliant golden flowers, up to 2 in. (5 cm). They boast up to 40 showy stamens in their center.

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