Caltha palustris
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Caltha palustris

marsh marigold
cowslip

  Family RANUNCULACEAE 
  Genus Caltha 

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Identification
Genus  Caltha Species  palustris Variety  Cultivar  Common names  marsh marigold   cowslip Family  RANUNCULACEAE Specimen number  S10634 Data source  Poison p100;Xeri p288
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Succulent Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Caltha palustris can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. It prefers moist to wet soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Whole plant Poisonous indications  Protoanemonin, which is emitted from bruised leaves, may cause inflammation of mouth and throat and gastrointestinal disturbance. Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This whole plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. Protoanemonin, which is emitted from bruised leaves, may cause inflammation of mouth and throat and gastrointestinal disturbance.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes 
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Caltha palustris is a perennial. Flowers: Marsh marigold (locally known in some parts as cowslip) has 2 inch bright yellow flowers with 5 to 9 sepals and numerous stamens. The flowers are typically of a yellow color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   

 

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