GOLDEN GLORY

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild March -

As its com­mon name sug­gests, marsh marigold flour­ishes in wet wood­land, wa­ter mead­ows and ditches, and flow­ers from now un­til July. It is also known as ‘kingcup’ – large, golden sepals (it lacks petals) give it the look of a lux­u­ri­ant, su­per-sized but­ter­cup. The glossy green, kid­ney-shaped leaves have a waxy feel, but can ir­ri­tate skin, so – as with all trea­sure – it’s best to look and not touch.

GET IN­VOLVED Take part in the UK’s Na­tional Plant Mon­i­tor­ing Scheme: www.npms.org.uk

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