Caltha palustris var. alba

Marsh marigold

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photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (107469)

Plant details

The white flowered form of our native marsh marigold which luxuriates in damp boggy soil or even as a marginal plant in a pond. Its simple, but charming blooms open in spring just before the glossy leaves are fully unfurled. A second much smaller flush of bloom is often produced in early autumn.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Caltha

Species: palustris

Cultivar: var. alba

Plant type: Marginal

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 22cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: January to February

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I have had Marsh Marigold in our pond for many years and they reproduce readily. The pond is a wildlife pond not ornamental and I tend to allow a lot of the plant life to respond naturally but keep a close eye on unwanted visitors such as Duckweed and Blanket weed. It has become a well established pond and the wildlife love to visit.

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