What plant is that?

Marsh Marigold  
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2013

This month’s mystery plant is a low-growing perennial of swamps. The flowers on this plant are about 1 inch wide, have numerous stamens and pistils and five brightly colored yellow sepals but no petals. (Stamens are the pollen bearing parts of a plant while the pistils are the “female parts” which are fertilized by the pollen and ultimately produce seeds.) The flowering stems are 12 to 18 inches long. The toothed basal leaves are heart-shaped as are the stem leaves but the stem leaves become slightly less heart-shaped as they progress up the stem. This plant grows in wet places and is often found in large colonies. It is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring as early as April and continues to bloom into June.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Caltha palustris
Common Name:
  Marsh Marigold, Cowslip
Family:
  Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Habitat:
  Swamps and other wet places

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