The Q&A Archives: Seeking Marsh Marigolds

Question: I am planning my landscaping (mostly for next year already) and have heard grape hyacinths and "marsh marigolds" make a nice spring flower bed combination. I am having a hard time finding them. Are they sold under another name? Should I be looking under Annuals or Perennials?

Answer: I loved seeing the marsh marigolds bloom when I was a kid! They are a native plant that thrives in bogs or marshes (hence the common name) in the wild. They would need an area that has plenty of soil moisture. Other companions would be bog iris and ferns. Hyacinth takes a fair amount of moisture, but probably not as much as marsh marigolds, so you'd need to monitor that. They will take full sun to some shade. The Latin name is Caltha palustris and they are perennial. They are started by plants or seeds can be sown. Here are some sources:

Blue Meadow Farm ($3.00 catalog), 184 Meadow Road, Montague Center, MA USA 01351, Telephone 413-367-2394, Fax 413-367-0116.

Prairie Moon Nursery, Rt. 3, Box 163, Winona, MN USA 55987
Telephone 507-452-1362

Eastern Plant Specialties, Box 226, Georgetown, ME USA 04548
Telephone 732-382-2508

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