Marsh Marigold

Yellow flowers among green leaves.

NPS/Gordon Dietzman

Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands


In early spring, the marsh marigolds begin blooming along the edges of water seeps, wetlands, wet meadows, and along rivulets in wooded swamps. Their beautiful gold flowers contrast strongly with the deep green of their large, roundish to kidney-shaped leaves.

They are among our earliest flowers to bloom and offer spots of color in the bleak scenes of a still leafless forest. Insects find these early flowers desirable as sources of pollen and nectar when most other flowers are yet to bloom.

Blooms: April and May

Fascinating Facts

  • While not generally considered poisonous, some people are sensitive to this plant and may break out in a rash after handling it.
  • Its scientific name, palustris, is Latin for “of a marsh” and appropriately this plant is often found in wet forests, near springs, and marshes.

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Last updated: March 21, 2018

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