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Marsh Marigold Wildflowers


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WildFlowers Scientific Name:

Caltha palustris
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WildFlowers Family Name:

Ranunculaceae — Buttercup family
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WildFlowers Season:

May - August
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Wild Flowers Color:

Golden or deep Yellow
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Wild Flowers Description:

 
Caltha palustris (Kingcup or Marsh Marigold) is a member of the family Ranunculaceae, and is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, growing in wet, boggy places. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall. The leaves are rounded to kidney-shaped, 3-20 cm across, with a bluntly serrated margin and a thick, waxy texture. The bright golden flowers of this huge buttercup are a strinking feature, composed of five brightly colored sepals opening at day break to expose up to a hundred stamens. They are borne in early spring to late summer. As is the case with many members of the Ranunculaceae, all parts of the plant can be irritant or poisonous. Skin rashes and dermatitis have been reported from excessive handling of the plant
   
 
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