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    Water buttercup Vs marsh marigold

    I have two different plants in my pond but I am completely confused by all the names and photos on the net

    The first plant is yellow flower and stays very compact. The second plant has the same flower and leaf but extends the stalks up to 60cm. Very leggy and much bigger leaves.

    The available names are:
    Caltha palustris.
    Caltha palustris plena.
    Ranunculus.
    Water buttercup.
    Marsh marigold.

    On the internet, the common names and Latin names are being mixed together and the photos are confusing.
    Can anyone explain which is which?



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    Pictures of your plants would help, but if they look to be the same type of plant I think you might have the standard and giant forms of Marsh Marigold.

    They are all Caltha palustris but there are loads of sub varieties that can have different flower colours and plant sizes but the basic shapes stay the same.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caltha_palustris has a big list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilN View Post
    Pictures of your plants would help, but if they look to be the same type of plant I think you might have the standard and giant forms of Marsh Marigold.

    They are all Caltha palustris but there are loads of sub varieties that can have different flower colours and plant sizes but the basic shapes stay the same.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caltha_palustris has a big list.
    Thanks Phil. That explains it. I see there are loads of variants but I could not find any photographic examples of them, in particular the two I have which are the most common in the UK. We open our garden to the public for charity as part of the NGS and we therefore also sell plants to the visitors, so it would have been nice to write the variants on the labels so people can see there are two different types.

    As you can see in the photos (which I didn't post last time because the plants were too common) the two habits are completely different.

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    Thanks PhilN. That's perfect.

 

 

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