Pond life can be enhanced with Marsh Marigolds also known as Kingcup, Mayflower, May-blobs, Water-bubbles and botanically as Caltha palustris. It grows well in wet meadows, marshes, stream sides and wet woodlands. The leaves are kidney shaped and a glossy, deep green.
Cultivation of Marsh Marigolds
It grows well in shade or partial sunshine and likes damp roots.
Marsh-marigold can be propagated by sowing fresh seed on a good quality seed compost.
Available in aquatic sections of garden centres or from wild seed merchants.
Propagated by division in spring, removing some of the larger leaves to reduce water loss through transpiration.
Ensure that plants are well watered during the establishment phase.
Varieties and Descriptions
Marsh Marigold has yellow petals or sepals and yellow stamens
Caltha palustris ‘Flore Pleno’ has double yellow flowers with greeny-yellow centres.
Caltha palustris alba is more compact and has single white flowers.
Other Marsh Marigold Facts and Tips
Marsh Marigold is an herbaceous perennial.
Flowers are up to 2″ across and look similar to buttercups to which they are related.
When raw the Marsh Marigold is poisonous but has been used for medicinal purposes such as the removal of warts to the treatment of fits and anaemia.
Flowers from April are cup-shaped and stand tall on long, hairless stems.
Other Species according to Wikipedia
* Caltha palustris (awarded the RHS’s Award of Garden Merit)
* Caltha palustris var. alba
* Caltha palustris var. barthei
* Caltha palustris ‘Flore Pleno’ (a double-flowered cultivar, awarded the RHS’s Award of Garden Merit)
* Caltha palustris var. himalensis
* Caltha palustris ‘Marilyn’
* Caltha palustris ‘Multiplex’ (double flowered)
* Caltha palustris var. palustris
* Caltha palustris var. palustris ‘Plena’ (double flowered)
* Caltha palustris subsp. polypetala
* Caltha palustris var. radicans
* Caltha palustris ‘Semiplena’ (double flowered)
* Caltha palustris Trotter’s form
* Caltha palustris ‘Yellow Giant’