Friday, August 22, 2008

Caltha pulustris 'Gigantea', King Cup

Caltha palustris 'Gigantea', King Cup
This temperate northern hemisphere plant begins to flower now and continues for at least another month .It is a shade and water loving perennial which has handsome kidney shaped leaves and pure butter yellow flowers to 5 cm across. I grow it in pots usually with a tray of water underneath and then move it to deep shade during the hot months. It can be grown beside a pond in damp heavy soil as well. These "buttercup" type flowers have a real glow to them and are a delight to the eye.
2017 update I no longer have a plant of it in the garden as it could not cope with the extreme heat of summer.

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