Marsh-marigold - Caltha palustris

    Alternative names

    Short tufted plant, stems upright to creeping and rooting at the nodes. Leaves heart shaped, toothed the lower mostly long stalked. Flowers bright shiny golden yellow, 15 to 50 mm often greenish beneath.

    Identification difficulty

    Wet meadows, pool margins, marshes, ditches and wet woodland.

    When to see it

    March to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be locally freuent. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 224 of the 617 tetrads.

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