What’s the name of this herb with yellow flowers?
I saw this plant with nice yellow flowers in the forest in Northern part of Ukraine. Please, help me to identify this lovely looking wildflower. And is it a really wildflower? I took this photo in April (end of April). Thank you for your help!
This is Caltha palustris. This plant has many names, including, marsh marigold and kingcup, also brave bassinets, crazy Beth, horse blob, May blob, mare blob, boots, water boots, meadow-bright, bullflower, meadow buttercup, water buttercup, soldier’s buttons, meadow cowslip, water cowslip, publican’s cloak, crowfoot, water dragon, drunkards, water goggles, meadow gowan, water gowan, yellow gowan, goldes, golds, goldings, gools, cow lily, marybuds, and publicans-and-sinners. The common name “marigold” refers to its use in medieval churches at Easter as a tribute to the Virgin Mary, as in “Mary gold”. In North America Caltha palustris is sometimes known as cowslip. However, cowslip more often refers to Primula veris, the original plant to go by that name.
The name Caltha is derived from the Ancient Greek kalathos, which means “goblet”, and is said to refer to the shape of the flower. The species epithet palustris is Latin for “of the marsh” and indicates its common habitat.
This plant belongs to the family Ranunculaceae, native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.