Caltha leptosepala ssp. leptosepala

white marsh marigold

Habit: perennial growing from short rhizomes. The thin, succulent waxy green leaves are circular to heart shaped and may have smooth, wrinkled, or toothed edges. The leaves are slightly longer than wide and mostly clustered at the base of the plant. Blooming from late spring through summer usually two white showy flowers with yellow centers appear on a 2-4 inch (5-10cm) stem. On the backside of the flower petals is a blue-purple tinge. The fruit consists of several follicles, containing many seeds.

Ecology: it grows in wet mountain habitats, marshes and shallow ponds, from lowlands to sub-alpine and alpine elevations, between 4500-10,000 ft (1371-3048m). Marsh marigolds bloom very close to receding snow banks.

Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, moist to wet soils with high organic content.

A great succulent plant for ponds or bog gardens, especially in the cooler areas of the Northwest.


Herbaceous Perennial
4-16 in (10-40cm)
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