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It is one of the first flowers to show its bright blossoms in the garden pond in spring. It cannot deny that it belongs to the buttercup family. Its yellow flowers are too similar to those of the field buttercup known as the buttercup.

A marsh marigold in the garden pond hardly needs any care

In addition to the well-known single yellow-flowered marsh marigold, there are other species and different varieties, including those with double yellow or single white flowers. The wild species are native to Europe, Asia and North America.

location and soil

A partially shaded or slightly sunny location is best for the marsh marigold. If it gets too little light, the marsh marigold forms long, unsightly shoots and does not bloom as beautifully. The soil should be moist to wet. A garden pond or a swamp bed is well suited.

The planting

If you plant the marsh marigold in your garden pond, it is best to use plant baskets. In this way you can easily move the plants and any fish that may be present do not damage the roots of your marsh marigold when searching for food. This plant usually feels better in shallow water at the edge of the pond than in deeper water.

watering and fertilizing

In the garden pond, the marsh marigold requires little care, and it usually has enough water there. On the other hand, if it is in the flower bed, it should be watered plentifully and regularly. Fertilize in moderation, preferably with organic fertilizers such as bone meal or horn shavings.(32.93€)

Harvest and Use

The marsh marigold contains the poisonous anemonin. It irritates the mucous membranes and leads to vomiting and diarrhea, in severe cases even to fainting and cramps. Although this ingredient is said to be lost through drying, internal use of the plant is still not recommended.

In the Middle Ages, the marsh marigold was used for liver problems and, because of the expectorant saponins it contained, also against coughs. The buds were used as a substitute for capers. Today, however, you should only take Caltha palustris as a homeopathic remedy.

The essentials in brief:

  • mostly yellow flowers
  • Flowering time from March
  • slightly sunny to semi-shady location
  • moist to wet soil
  • pond plant
  • water well in the bed
  • slightly toxic


If you want to cultivate the marsh marigold in the bed, water the plant regularly and plentifully, especially in the hot, dry summer months.

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