Friday, April 17, 2015

Marsh Marigold - an early April wildflower

Photo by Barry Wallace
It's spring fever
That's what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, 
You want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you want,
But it fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
                                                                                                       -- Mark Twain
Pictured above, at Cold Creek Conservation Area, is one of spring's earliest wildflowers: the Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris).   It often blooms in early April in moist locations, such as the small stream seen above.   The Marsh Marigold (part of the Buttercup family) has many other names, including Kingcup which seems very appropriate to our municipality.   A few words of caution: the beauty of this plant is in the eye of the beholder - not the hand.   In other word, all parts of this pretty plant are toxic to the touch and it is best left unmolested. 
Please comment if you wish.  
Barry Wallace

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