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Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris): Shiny yellow buttercup flowers
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Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris): Shiny yellow buttercup flowers on mounded succulent plants. Thrives best in shade or part shade and prefers very moist soil. Early spring greens are edible but must be cooked (pour boiling water over leaves two or three times until tender; don't boil). Grows 1-2 feet tall.(Credit: Handout)

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Reliable spring ephemerals

Here are some reliable ephemerals that will provide early spring joy that is anything but fleeting. --JESSICA DAMIANO, jessica.damiano@newsday.com