Photographer: Merel R. Black
Caltha palustris L.
cowslip, marsh-marigold, yellow marsh-marigold
Caltha: old Greek and later Latin name for the marigold or "chalice" or "cup"
palustris: "of marshes"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; stems hollow, branched toward the top|
|Flower: ||yellow, 5-9-parted, 1/2"-1 1/2" wide, petal-like sepals; blooms April-May|
|Leaf:||widely heart-shaped, not divided; basal leaves long-stalked, stem leaves alternate and on shorter stalks|
|Habitat: ||wet; meadows, woods, forests marshes, streambanks|