Soil: Hydric (Wet)
Flowers: The shiny 1″-1 1/2″ flowers have 5-7 petal-like sepals, no petals, and numerous stamens and pistils.
Leaves: The glossy, succulent leaves are heart or kidney shaped and toothed. They are about 2″-7″ wide.
Very showy when in bloom, this plant makes an excellent water or pond edge garden plant! It has beautiful, glossy green and succulent kidney-shaped leaves which is nice year throughout the season. It is also excellent for shoreline.
Food Uses: Spring greens are edible. The older leaves are toxic, but can be eaten as pot herbs after several boilings. They should not be consumed raw! The flower buds may be pickled after several boilings.
Other Uses: Attracts birds.
Name: The common name “Marigold” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for marsh gold, while the latin name Caltha means “cup.”