Mountain Marsh Marigold

Mountain Marsh Marigold, Caltha letosepala

Mountain Marsh Marigold flowers, photographer Shari Brewer

This is a well known flower to hikers and mountain climbers, but you can also find it growing along several of our forest service roads such as White Chuck Ridge or Cumberland Pass on Mt. Higgins. Mountain Marsh Marigold begins to come up as the snow banks start melting away. You will find them growing by the thousands where ever they can find enough moisture. The thick bright green leaves are offset by several flowers budding out from the center of the plant. The outer portion of the petal is blueish and the inner portion is creamy white.