Marsh Marigold or Kingcup (Caltha palustris) HP/BB/BN
Marsh marigold is a very ancient plant growing before the Ice Age in vast areas of our country in bog and wetland areas. It produces masses of golden yellow flowers March- May above glossy, bright green leaves and is one of the earliest wetland plants to flower. It is happy in any waterlogged area and provided there is fertile soil, it will tolerate all but the deepest shade. On open sites it combines well with flag iris, water mint, meadowsweet, valerian and ragged robin. An important nectar plant. Ht 12-16in. In homeopathy it is reported to treat blistering rashes, whooping cough and menstrual problems.