- the meadow's yellow harbinger of spring
The marsh marigold is the buttercup's big brother. It grows in very damp marshy ground and is often found in heavy mounds along the edges of the watercourse.
The marsh marigold flowers early in spring, before the reeds and other tall plants start to shadow for the light. In this way, the marsh marigold is a real harbinger of spring, which lights up among the brown and withered vegetation.
Like many other buttercups, marsh marigolds typically have 5 bright yellow petals and up to 100 stamens. The plants' fruits are small pods with several seeds in each pod.
The seeds can float in water and in this way they can be spread via the watercourse to new growing places.
Gather, gather flowers
The marsh marigold appears in the second verse of the Danish song ’Nu er dagen fuld af sang’ (Now the day is full of song).
Marigolds with heavy stance have formed a golden meadow,
when the south wind calls a dance the willow herb will follow
Gather, gather grass with dew,
gather, gather reeds anew
gather, gather flowers
Facts about the marsh marigold
Height: 10-40 cm
Perennial plant. Blooms from April to May with large yellow flowers. The leaves are kidney-shaped and scalloped.
Grows in bogs, watercourses and lakes. Common throughout the country.