Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Flower for the Day Marsh Marigold - Greenland 10-28

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris). It is in the buttercup family and its other names
include double yellow marigold and Kingscup. It is a delicate but sturdy tundra plant. 
There are no petals but five rounded sepals. Caltha means cup and refers to the shape 
of the flower. The name from the Middle Ages referred to it as the flower of the Virgin Mary 
or Mary's gold and marybud.
 It was mentioned by Shakespeare in Cymbelline II.3:  
    Winking Marybuds begin
    To open their golden eyes  

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