The strikingly bright yellow flowers of Marsh Marigold catch your eye in springtime along stream beds and in marshy areas of CT. Blooming now in the Native Plant Shade Garden at the Bartlett Arboretum on 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford. This cheerful yellow North American native flowers from April to June. The trails here are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. Visitors are asked to practice social distancing and observe leash laws.
About Marsh Marigold
Despite its common name, the 1-2″ wide, shiny flowers of this “marigold” reveal its true family – the Buttercups. While it will produce more blooms in sunnier locations, Marsh Marigold (Caltha Palustris) needs some shade from hot summer sun or it will go dormant. A clumping plant that may reach 18″ high, it has bright green heart or kidney-shaped leaves, on erect stems, which grow larger after flowering has passed.
Marsh Marigold must have consistently moist, rich soil, so it is perfect for use in rain gardens or naturally boggy areas. Like so many CT wildflowers, this one is increasingly rare in native habitats, so adding it to your garden will help preserve the ecosystem. Another benefit? Because it is slightly toxic if eaten raw, deer don’t like it!