Marsh Marigold ‘Caltha palustris’

From £1.50

Glossy yellow flowers, also known as King cups. Thrives in wet places. Caltha palustris, known as marsh-marigold and kingcup. native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland. Flowers produce both nectar and copious amounts of pollen which attract many insect visitors. Early spring greens and buds of Caltha palustris are edible when cooked.

Young leaves or buds should be submerged a few times in fresh boiling water until barely tender, cut into bite-sized pieces, lightly salted, and served with melted butter and vinegar. Very young flowerbuds have been prepared like capers and used as a spice. A yellow dye from the flowers can be obtained.

Peacock butterfly shown nectaring on Marsh Marigold opposite.


Additional information

Sun Preference

Sun either Partial or Full

Soil Preference

Most Soils OK

Suitable for

Prefers wet soil, near marshland, ponds or bogs.


Many insects given it produces a large amount of pollen and nectar.

Flowering season

March – April / June – August

Flowering colour


Eventual height



Plants – expected delivery within 7-10 days when in stock, Seeds – expected delivery within 4-7 days when in stock

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