Marsh Marigold- Caltha Palustris
Marsh Marigold is a bright yellow perennial that grows primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. It's Latin name, Caltha Palustris, refers to the goblet shape of the flower. In the wild, it thrives in ecosystems such as marshes, wetlands, swamps, and anywhere that a great deal of moisture can collect. Marsh Marigold is a water-loving plant that is a great addition to any garden. It goes by a variety of interesting names, a few including water boots, meadow buttercup, and water dragon. The flower sepals bring a cheerful pop of yellow, evoking thoughts of sunshine and happiness. They are surrounded by brilliant green, kidney-shaped leaves that grow in clusters. The entire plant has many stems that produce from four to five flowers. Overall they are a medium-sized plant that can grow up to one or two feet. Its sepals are small and delicate, each only a couple of centimeters long. Tiny puffs of pollen are found in the center. Marsh Marigolds thrive in wet environments, so if you want to invest in one of these beautiful plants, make sure that it gets enough water every day. Also, it does well in rich soil, as opposed to one that's thinner and contains fewer nutrients. Avoid fertilizing your marigold; they do better simply on their own and harsh fertilizers can harm them. A part-shade environment is just fine as long as they are kept in a moist area. Make sure you plant your seeds right away when you get them and do not allow them to dry out, as this could negatively impact blooming. These pretty plants also attract hummingbirds as a bonus, so watch out for those beautiful birds after planting. These marigolds bloom from mid-spring and late summer so that you may have these little, yellow plants all summer long!