Marsh marigold has bright yellow flowers that bloom above dark green, rounded leaves in spring. As the name would suggest, this low-growing perennial is native to swamps, wetlands, and streambanks. Full sun is necessary for the best flower show.
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Buttercup
- Family (botanic) Ranunculaceae
- Tree or plant type Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area
- Size range Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Wet soil
- Tolerances Occasional flooding, Wet sites
- Season of interest early spring, mid spring, late spring
- Flower color and fragrance Yellow
- Shape or form Creeping