Marsh Marigold

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

Marsh Marigold's shiny yellow, saucer-shaped flowers brighten up shallow wetlands across Canada and much of the United States in spring and early summer. The name is somewhat confusing as the flowers resemble buttercups, not marigolds.

The mound-shaped plant (8-24 in) has glossy green, heart-shaped leaves. The seed pods split open when ripe.

Handling Marsh Marigold can cause skin irritation. They should never be eaten raw.

Did you know? The petal tips reflect ultraviolet light while the bases absorb it, directing insects such as bees whose eyes detect ultraviolet light to the nectar at the centre of the flower.