Thursday, April 21, 2011

Marsh Marigold

The last of the spring wildflowers Erika and I found on our 11 April 2011 stroll in the western Cannon River Wilderness Area in Rice Co. was the Marsh Marigold.  As the name suggests, look for this early spring wildflower in wet areas.  It is found in North America (except the deep south and the western Great Plains) and also in Europe.

Native Americans used this plant to treat colds and sores, aid in childbirth, fight constipation. and to induce vomiting.  The plant also protected one against love charms. Coffey writes that Marsh Marigold can be used as a potherb before most garden greens are grown.  Considering the other uses for the plant, I would advise caution if you are tempted to consume them.

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