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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map