Caltha palustris

Scientific name: Caltha palustris

Synonym: Caltha cornuta


Common names: “Marsh marigold” “Kingcup””Boots” “Brave bassinets” “Bull flower” “Cow lily” “Crazy Beth” “Crowfoot” “Drunkards” “Goldes” “Golds” “Goldings” “Gools” “Horse blob” “May blob” “Mare blob” “Marybuds” “Meadow-bright” “Meadow buttercup” “Meadow cowslip” “Meadow gowan” “Publican’s cloak” “Publicans-and-sinners” “Soldier’s buttons” “Water boots” “Water buttercup” “Water cowslip” “Water dragon” “Water goggles” “Water gowan” “Yellow gowan”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 3-7

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Rich

Moisture: Damp – bog – shallow water up to 9″, marginal aquatic


Plant Size: H 12″ W 18″

Leaf and Stem shape: Rounded, rich green, glossy leaves

Flower: Clusters of deep yellow flowers

Pruning: None

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Ponds, bog gardens

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: None

*Deer resistant

Comments: In drier soils keep in shade

Cultivars: C. p. ‘Flore Pleno’ – has double flowers which last longer



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