Belongs to: buttercup family

Marsh marigold Caltha palustris

Also known as: kingcup

In decline as a result of wetland drainage

Best time to see: mid Mar to mid Jun

Key facts

A large buttercup of damp meadows and wet woodland

Native to Britain and to other temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, including North America

Visited by many insects for nectar and pollen


The double-flowered cultivar available at many garden centres is of little value to wildlife because it produces no nectar

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Photo © Tony Gunton