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LucidLucid Posts: 385

Hi everyone,

I am wondering if I've acidentally mislabelled a couple of plants when I potted them up for the pond - either that or they came with the wrong labels.

I am trying to compare a (catha pallustris) marsh marigold with a ranunculus flammula (lesser spearwort). This photo shows what is labelled as the marsh marigold and it is starting to flower which is what I expected for this time of year:


However the leaves aren't as I expected them and the flowers are up above the surface of the water. In this photo you can see the two side by side (supposed marsh marigold on the right):



The plant on the left looks much more like I expected the marsh marigold to look, but it's not in flower yet. The plant on the right kind of looks more like I expect the rananculus flammula but the leaves aren't as thin as they look in photos online, so I'm really not sure.

I think they're mislabelled but I'd appreciate anyone in the know to confirm.


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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,366

    The one with the yellow flowers is a marsh marigold,the flowers are always above  the water, it will grow in wettish soil as well as in water

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    I used to have big clumps of caltha, years ago. But can't really remember how it looks.

    Top looks like a caltha to me, not sure which type

    Bottom left has lanceolate leaves, like R. Flammula
  • LucidLucid Posts: 385

    Thanks nutcutlet that puts my mind at rest. I should have added, I did expect the flowers to be above the water but not quite so high. From other photos I've seen they seemed very much just above the surface. The water level has shot up after the recent rain so they were even more above the surface when they first started to flower.

    Lucid image

  • LucidLucid Posts: 385

    Thanks to you as well darren636. I was just a little put off with the leaves of the ranaculus looking thicker, rather than just thing strands. But as long as I've got them the right way round in my mind that's fine.

    Lucid image

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    I used to have caltha palustris alba

    And had completely forgot the yellow one existed!
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