Caltha leptosepala
Marsh Marigold
A Colorado Native Subalpine to Alpine Species
Ranunculaceae or Buttercup Family
2 to 8 inches tall - white
Full sun to shade
Constantly wet, humus-rich soil
Propagate by seed or division
Photo by Jane Hendrix

Marsh Marigold is the first native flower of spring up here in the high country of Colorado. Its buds are bluish on the outside but the flower is snow white when it is fully open. Marsh Marigold likes cold, standing water soaking its "feet" but it will tolerate drier conditions if it is well-watered during its flowering period.